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La Presse+, p. web
Quebec has a record budget surplus.
10 December 2018December 10, 2018
Viewpoint examining the numerous reasons to question the effectiveness of a soda tax
Earlier this year, the Quebec government formed a committee whose stated goal was to propose a soda tax, for the purpose of reducing the prevalence of obesity. Yet there are numerous reasons to question the effectiveness of this measure. Indeed, when a tax modifies the price of a good, there is no guarantee that the replacement product will be better for one’s health than the taxed product.
27 November 2018November 27, 2018
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
Canada's Poverty Reduction Strategy.
26 November 2018November 26, 2018

November 21, 2018 | 12 min. 4 sec. | Région zéro 8 (Ici Radio-Canada)

Interview (in French) with Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI, about the economic update unveiled by Bill Morneau.

21 November 2018November 21, 2018
Viewpoint detailing some of the effects of the minimum wage increase in the province, including the loss of more than 56,000 jobs in under a year
Many politicians and interest groups advocate a rapid increase in the minimum wage in the name of social justice. Yet this ignores the results of past experiments. Ontario’s new Minister of Labour, Laurie Scott, pushed back by cancelling the increase to $15 planned for January 2019, and by stating that the minimum wage should be determined “by economics, not politics.” Subsequent increases will be set based on the annual change in the cost of living. This is a reasonable compromise, which will avoid further harming workers at the bottom of the ladder, and more specifically the young.
20 November 2018November 20, 2018
La Presse+, p. web
The announcement of the elimination of 2,500 jobs at Bombardier in Quebec.
19 November 2018November 19, 2018
La Presse+, p. web
How to deal with a possible recession?
5 November 2018November 5, 2018
The Globe and Mail, p. B4
The benefits of a tax cut for Canadian businesses and workers.
25 October 2018October 25, 2018
Economic Note responding to some of the most common objections to a social and political system based on economic freedom
A useful and intuitive definition of “economic freedom” is the freedom (absence of coercion) to buy from, or sell to, a willing counterparty. A society based on economic freedom is a free-market society. But is economic freedom economically beneficial? Is it all about money? Is it moral? Aren’t there many exceptions where government intervention is warranted? This Economic Note addresses these questions.
25 October 2018October 25, 2018

Presentation by Kevin Brookes, Public Policy Analyst at the MEI, at the Canada 2020 Tax and Competitiveness Summit in Ottawa.

23 October 2018October 23, 2018
Le Droit, p. web
The benefits of a tax cut for Canadian businesses and workers.
23 October 2018October 23, 2018
Economic Note showing the need for and the benefits of a tax cut for Canadian businesses and workers
As the fall economic update approaches, the rumour is that Ottawa favours targeted measures to promote investment, rather than reducing the corporate income tax rate. This would be a mistake. The competitiveness of Canadian companies has been hurt by US tax cuts, and also by deregulation efforts south of the border. The federal government should use its update to lower corporate income taxes and restore the Canadian advantage; not acting would entail substantial costs not just for businesses, but for workers as well.
23 October 2018October 23, 2018
La Presse+, p. web
What should be the economic priority of the CAQ government?
8 October 2018October 8, 2018
La Presse+, p. web
What financial frameworks reveal.
17 September 2018September 17, 2018
Toronto Sun, p. 7
The governments approach to entrepreneurship must be rethinked.
17 September 2018September 17, 2018
Huffington Post Québec, p. web
The governments approach to entrepreneurship must be rethinked.
14 September 2018September 14, 2018
Research Paper examining how different fiscal measures influence the decision to start a business
Many try to divorce entrepreneurship from any fiscal questions, claiming that entrepreneurship is basically a passion, and that entrepreneurs start businesses out of love. Yet one of the fundamental aspects of economic analysis is that cost variations are a primary factor in accounting for human behaviour. This paper aims to provide a frank, open discussion of the fiscal measures that affect entrepreneurship.
13 September 2018September 13, 2018

September 5, 2018 | 20 min. 19 sec. | Le Mid (CHOI-FM)

Interview (in French) with Alexandre Moreau, Public Policy Analyst at the MEI, about the fact that Quebecers are among the most taxed in the world.

5 September 2018September 5, 2018
La Presse+, p. web
A balanced financial framework is not synonymous with a wise financial framework.
3 September 2018September 3, 2018
Huffington Post, p. web
The Quebec election campaign.
30 August 2018August 30, 2018
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
Election promises.
23 August 2018August 23, 2018

August 23, 2018 | 8 min. 50 sec. | La croisée (Ici Radio-Canada)

Interview (in French) with Kevin Brookes, Public Policy Analyst at the MEI, about the increased administrative costs and risk of errors involved in having the government pre-fill tax returns.

23 August 2018August 23, 2018
Le Soleil, p. web
Should the Government Pre-Fill Your Tax Return?
22 August 2018August 22, 2018
Montreal Gazette, p. A08
Should the Government Pre-Fill Your Tax Return?
22 August 2018August 22, 2018

August 21, 2018 | 15 min. 29 sec. | Ségal-Lavoie le midi (FM93)

Interview (in French) with Kevin Brookes, Public Policy Analyst at the MEI, about the increased administrative costs and risk of errors involved in having the government pre-fill tax returns.

21 August 2018August 21, 2018
Economic Note describing the increased administrative costs and risk of errors involved in having the government pre-fill tax returns
The collection of income tax involves substantial administrative costs, especially in Quebec, which is the only province that requires a separate tax return. In 2011, these costs amounted to $627 million for Revenue Quebec and $4.6 billion for the Canada Revenue Agency. To simplify procedures, some propose that the government pre-fill tax returns instead of taxpayers, a system that is in place in several industrialized countries.
21 August 2018August 21, 2018
Viewpoint showing that abolishing tuition and related costs for college and university would cost taxpayers over a billion dollars without improving graduation rates
The idea of making higher education “free” in Quebec is hardly new, but recently, some politicians have revived the debate by promising to implement such a policy if elected. While this idea may seem attractive at first glance, it would be costly for Quebec taxpayers, would not necessarily lead to more students graduating, and would also be unfair.
16 August 2018August 16, 2018
Washington Examiner, p. web
The impact of the bipartisan effort to reduce Canada’s corporate tax rate.
14 August 2018August 14, 2018
Economic Note describing how the bipartisan effort to reduce Canada’s corporate tax rate led to more business investment, more economic growth, and higher wages
In December 2017, President Donald Trump cut corporate tax rates from 35% to 21%, effective immediately. While certain critics quickly lamented this policy decision, the President is currently mulling a second round of tax cuts. In this context, the Canadian experience with corporate tax reduction provides a useful comparison.
14 August 2018August 14, 2018
The Globe and Mail, p. B4
Canada is stagnating or even losing ground in terms of competitiveness.
11 August 2018August 11, 2018

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