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Montreal, December 5, 2017 – The Supreme Court of Canada will hear, starting tomorrow, a historic case that could help bring down the numerous trade barriers that persist between the provinces, shows a Viewpoint published today by the MEI.
5 December 2017December 5, 2017
Montreal, November 28, 2017 – Canadians are unequivocal: 89% think they should be allowed to bring any legally purchased product from one province to another, according to an Ipsos poll commissioned by the MEI, the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF), and the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS).
28 November 2017November 28, 2017
Montreal, November 20, 2017 – A few hours away from the budget update, the MEI salutes Quebec’s decision to reduce the individual income tax—an important electoral promise—and invites the government to turn a deaf ear to the many interest groups that will be demanding even greater public spending increases.
20 November 2017November 20, 2017
Montreal, November 15, 2017 – If Health Canada achieves its goal of lowering the maximum prices for drugs, the health of Canadians could suffer, shows a Viewpoint published today by the MEI. Indeed, in countries that have implemented similar price control policies, new drugs have become less accessible to the population.
15 November 2017November 15, 2017
Montreal, November 9, 2017 – By asking the CRTC to favour resellers of wireless services, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains runs the risk of discouraging investment in the telecommunications industry, all while creating a new category of privileged players protected from competitive pressure, shows an Economic Note published today by the MEI.
9 November 2017November 9, 2017
Montreal, November 2, 2017 – While Ottawa has set aside its plans to increase the inclusion rate of the capital gains tax—from 50% to 75% according to rumours—an Economic Note published today by the MEI shows that this kind of tax is particularly harmful. The government should instead reduce or abolish it, as a number of countries have done.
2 November 2017November 2, 2017
Montreal, October 23, 2017 - Tomorrow, the federal government will publish its economic and fiscal update. Even though we already know that deficits are on a downward slope, the public finances situation is nonetheless looking rather grim, according to an overview of figures presented by the MEI.
23 October 2017October 23, 2017
Montreal, October 19, 2017 – The drop in oil and gas investment and the abandonment of projects like the Energy East pipeline may well get worse in Canada due to the erosion of our competitive position relative to the United States. This is the main conclusion of a Research Paper published today by the MEI.
19 October 2017October 19, 2017
Montreal, October 17, 2017 – Quebec’s Health Minister recently gave an ultimatum to the province’s hospitals such that emergency room stays could no longer exceed 24 hours. To solve our wait time problem, our politicians should instead take inspiration from the operation of Saint Göran, a Swedish hospital run by a private company, accessible to all and funded by the government at lower cost than public hospitals, as explained in an Economic Note published today by the MEI.
17 October 2017October 17, 2017
Montreal, October 16, 2017 – While the United States is calling for the dismantlement of our supply management system for dairy, poultry, and eggs within 10 years, the MEI invites the Canadian government to seize this opportunity to ask for full access to other markets in return.
16 October 2017October 16, 2017
Montreal, October 5, 2017 – A decade after we first debated the appropriateness of setting spectrum aside to foster the emergence of new wireless players, it seems the federal government hasn’t learned anything about the perverse effects of such a policy, says a telecom policy analyst at the Montreal Economic Institute.
5 October 2017October 5, 2017
Montreal, October 3, 2017 – The attempt to save 79 caribou a year could cost 5,675 direct jobs in the province of Quebec and more than $741 million in lost economic activity, according to calculations carried out by the MEI based on the federal government’s recommendations. Ottawa had given the provinces until October 5 to submit their plans in this matter.
3 October 2017October 3, 2017
Montreal, September 27, 2017 – While the U.S. President has just reiterated his intention to reduce corporate taxes, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau wants to raise taxes on entrepreneurs. Ottawa would be better off focusing on Canada’s tax competitiveness with its neighbour, for example by adopting a proportional tax rate of 10.5% for all corporate earnings, argues a Viewpoint published today by the MEI.
27 September 2017September 27, 2017
Montreal, September 25, 2017 - If the US Department of Commerce rules this week in favour of Boeing, which wants a tax of up to 80% imposed on Bombardier's C Series planes, the consequences would be serious for the Quebec company, and for the industry more generally.
25 September 2017September 25, 2017
Montreal, September 19, 2017 – Canada is fertile ground for entrepreneurship, but many opportunities nonetheless remain unseized due to ill-advised public policies, shows a Research Paper published today by the MEI.
19 September 2017September 19, 2017
Montreal, September 15, 2017 – Studies have already established that interprovincial trade barriers considerably reduce economic activity in Canada, causing tens of billions of dollars of losses a year. A study published yesterday by Statistics Canada sheds new light on this question by putting a number to the effect of provincial borders (including regulatory barriers, but also other factors that can have an influence) on trade, as if they were customs tariffs.
15 September 2017September 15, 2017
Montreal, September 8, 2017 – The obstacles to the Energy East pipeline project set up by different levels of government and by interest groups, as well as the dithering of the National Energy Board (NEB), could doom an economic project with the potential to generate billions of dollars of investments and create many jobs, says the MEI.
8 September 2017September 8, 2017
Montreal, Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – Over the past ten years, public spending on education has jumped while the number of students in school was falling, and academic results have barely improved, shows an Economic Note published today by the MEI.
30 August 2017August 30, 2017
Montreal, August 22, 2017 – Alors que l’on apprend aujourd’hui qu’une succursale de la SAQ ouvrira bientôt ses portes dans un supermarché, l’IEDM rappelle que la meilleure façon d’améliorer le choix et la qualité du service fourni au consommateur est de libéraliser le marché des vins et spiritueux. L’IEDM invite donc le gouvernement à aller de l’avant avec la libéralisation.
22 August 2017August 22, 2017
Montreal, August 17, 2017 – In Canada, 92% of farmers perform well in global markets without the benefit of substantial support measures, a Viewpoint released today by the MEI shows clearly. NAFTA renegotiation therefore presents an opportunity to expand market access for the minority of producers who remain under supply management, which limits their growth prospects.
17 August 2017August 17, 2017
Montreal, August 11, 2017 – The proposal from the Quebec Liberal youth wing to create a professional order for teachers has the merit of reviving debate on education, but deeper reforms are needed to enhance the role of teachers and to promote excellence in Quebec schools.
11 August 2017August 11, 2017
Montreal, August 3, 2017 – The current tug of war between Bombardier and Boeing, with the American company accusing the Quebec aircraft manufacturer of being unduly subsidized, shows that Canada has a strong interest in proposing a new international agreement to avoid a ruinous subsidy race in the aeronautic sector, as suggested in a Viewpoint published today by the MEI.
3 August 2017August 3, 2017
Montreal, July 28, 2017 – By declaring Anticosti Island off limits to oil and gas exploration, the Quebec government is restraining economic development and sending a negative signal to investors, after years of uncertainty on this file.
28 July 2017July 28, 2017
Montreal, July 25, 2017 – The electric car sales quotas imposed on manufacturers by the Quebec government will eventually increase the marginal cost of conventional vehicles by $1,100, reveals a Viewpoint published today by the MEI. Consumers will end up paying this “tax” through higher car prices.
25 July 2017July 25, 2017

Montreal, July 13, 2017 – The centralizing approach of Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette, of which his Bill 130 and the MUHC board of directors crisis are representative, is at the very heart of the recurring problems affecting Quebec’s health care system for the past three decades.

Indeed, trying to plan the development of the health care system and centralize decision-making, as Quebec has been doing, is a project that’s doomed to fail and that will not solve the problem of wait times, shows a Viewpoint published today by the MEI.

13 July 2017July 13, 2017

Montreal, June 22, 2017 – While Quebec and Ontario are trying to stimulate the sale of electric vehicles any way they can, an Economic Note published today by the MEI shows that subsidizing the purchase of such vehicles is the least efficient and most expensive way of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

22 June 2017June 22, 2017

Montreal, June 20, 2017 - The antidumping duties on Canadian softwood lumber that will be announced Friday by the United States, which could be as high as 10%, will once again penalize Canadian workers and American consumers, according to calculations carried out by the MEI.

20 June 2017June 20, 2017

Montréal, June 19, 2017 - L'IEDM invite fortement le gouvernement en place à poursuivre ses efforts pour moderniser le système de santé et rappelle l'importance de mettre en place, de pair avec le financement à l'acte, des indicateurs de performance dans les hôpitaux.

19 June 2017June 19, 2017

Montreal, June 15, 2017 – The Quebec government is missing the mark by trying to centralize the provision of hospital care, as is the case once again with Bill 130. Indeed, a Viewpoint published today by the MEI shows that Quebec would have an interest in following the example of Sweden, which has a decentralized model.

15 June 2017June 15, 2017

Montreal, June 6, 2017 - With the Ontario government releasing a five-year action plan to move the province toward a universally accessible child care system, the MEI warns that Quebec's child care system is flawed and should not be copied.

6 June 2017June 6, 2017

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