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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
strong>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

Montreal, Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – While Quebec has just announced that it will not impose a tax on foreign buyers, British Columbia and Ontario should take a step back and abolish those that they put in place. These kinds of measures, like rent control, are ill-advised responses to price increases in the housing market, and risk making the problem worse, shows a Viewpoint published today by the MEI.

6 June 2017June 6, 2017

Montreal, June 1st, 2017 – Compensating farmers who paid for production quotas with the revenue from a temporary tax would allow the government to abolish supply management in the dairy, poultry, and egg sectors, shows a Viewpoint published today by the MEI.

1 June 2017June 1, 2017

Montreal, May 18, 2017 - With Ottawa unveiling its new carbon tax, the MEI points out that this measure will increase the tax burden on Canadian households, and it is calling on the government to offset this effect by lowering taxes.

18 May 2017May 18, 2017

Montreal, May 17, 2017 – More Quebecers prioritize Western Canadian oil for its imports. They would rather exploit their own oil resources and favour pipelines as a means of transporting oil. Released today, the Leger poll, commissioned by the MEI, follows up on a similar poll carried out a year ago. 

17 May 2017May 17, 2017

Montreal, May 12, 2017 – Yesterday evening, the MEI presented the John Dobson Medal for Free Enterprise to Mr. Richard Garneau, President and CEO of Resolute Forest Products. “We award this medal to individuals who defend free enterprise, among other things by standing up to lobby groups that attempt to undermine economic end entrepreneurial freedom. And on this count, this year’s recipient is quite a fighter!” says Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI.

12 May 2017May 12, 2017

Montreal, May 4, 2017 – The highest court in the land has just agreed to hear the case of Gérard Comeau, a New Brunswick resident accused of having illegally “imported” alcohol from Quebec in 2012. It is a decision that could eventually lead to the elimination of trade barriers between the provinces.

4 May 2017May 4, 2017

Montreal, May 4, 2017 – The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), which will soon revolutionize every aspect of our economy and our lives, will force Ottawa to reconsider its telecommunications priorities and policies, argues the 2017 edition of The State of Competition in Canada’s Telecommunications Industry, published today by the MEI.

4 May 2017May 4, 2017

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