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Germain Belzile
Germain Belzile

Senior Associate Researcher, Current Affairs

Germain Belzile has been teaching economics for over 30 years, first at UQAM, then HEC Montréal. He holds a master’s degree in economics from UQAM, where he also studied at the Ph.D. level. He is a co-author of the most used economics textbooks in French-speaking universities in Canada (Principes de microéconomie & Principes de macroéconomie). The author of numerous articles, he is a regular participant in debates, interviews and conferences on globalization, economics and liberalism.

gbelzile (@iedm.org) / 514 273-0969 (ext. 2231)
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Toronto Sun, p. web
Canada’s Oil and Gas Sector at Risk?
19 October 2017October 19, 2017

October 19, 2017 | 8 min. 24 sec. | Radio-Canada International

Interview (in French) with Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, about a Research Paper analyzing Canada’s position relative to the U.S. in the oil and gas sector, in order to assess the dangers that could emerge in terms of competitiveness.

Related Content: Canada’s Oil and Gas Sector at Risk? How Excessive Taxes and Regulations Undermine Our Competitiveness

19 October 2017October 19, 2017
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
The Quebec Government's Green Fund is an enormous waste of money.
19 October 2017October 19, 2017
Research Paper analyzing Canada’s position relative to the U.S. in the oil and gas sector, in order to assess the dangers that could emerge in terms of competitiveness
Canada’s oil and natural gas sector is currently going through hard times. Donald Trump, meanwhile, has repeatedly promised to improve the business environment in the United States by reducing the tax and regulatory burden, especially as it affects this sector. As Canada’s competitiveness in oil and gas development depends almost entirely on its position relative to that of its powerful neighbour, it is important to understand what is going on right now in the United States and the effects of U.S. policy on our economy.
19 October 2017October 19, 2017
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
Subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles.
16 October 2017October 16, 2017
National Post, p. FP11
Ecologists and the emergence of an oil and gas industry in Quebec.
28 September 2017September 28, 2017
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
The Uber saga and the message that the government sends to entrepreneurs.
27 September 2017September 27, 2017

September 25, 2017 | 4 min. 30 sec. | Midi info (Ici Radio-Canada)

Interview (in French) with Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, about the economic issues surrounding the new Port-Daniel cement plant.

25 September 2017September 25, 2017
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
Ecologists and the emergence of an oil and gas industry in Quebec.
25 September 2017September 25, 2017
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
The province of Quebec and the recent statistics on household incomes.
20 September 2017September 20, 2017
6 September 2017September 6, 2017
Montreal Gazette, p. A08
Expenditures on education versus results.
30 August 2017August 30, 2017

August 30, 2017 | 11 min. 31 sec. | La Commission Gendron (Énergie Québec)

Interview (in French) with Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, about an Economic Note showing that substantial spending increases per student have not had a significant impact on academic success.

Related Content: Education in Quebec: Where Does the Money Go?

30 August 2017August 30, 2017
La Presse+, p. web
Expenditures on education versus results.
30 August 2017August 30, 2017
Economic Note showing that substantial spending increases per student have not had a significant impact on academic success
This spring, the Quebec government announced additional spending on education. These new expenditures are on top of the substantial increases seen over the past ten years. Is this viable over the long term? Have students benefited from this augmented spending? And are there other solutions that would give taxpayers more for their money?
30 August 2017August 30, 2017
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
The government is encouraging GHG emissions.
16 August 2017August 16, 2017
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
Do we need a professional order for teachers?
11 August 2017August 11, 2017
www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca, p. web
The unemployment rate in Quebec.
10 August 2017August 10, 2017
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
The AVÉQ vs. electric vehicle subsidies.
3 August 2017August 3, 2017
www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca, p. web
Electric vehicle subsidies.
1 August 2017August 1, 2017

July 26, 2017 | 9 min. 50 sec. | Maurais Live (CHOI-FM)

Interview (in French) with Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, about the requirement to sell more electric and hybrid vehicles and its impact on the prices of conventional vehicles.

Related Content: Electric Vehicle Sales Quotas: A Tax in Disguise

26 July 2017July 26, 2017

July 25, 2017 | 37 min. 22 sec. | Duhaime le midi (FM93)

Interview (in French) with Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, about the requirement to sell more electric and hybrid vehicles and its impact on the prices of conventional vehicles.

Related Content: Electric Vehicle Sales Quotas: A Tax in Disguise

25 July 2017July 25, 2017

July 25, 2017 | 29 min. 4 sec. | Martin Pouliot à BLVD (BLVD 102.1 FM)

Interview (in French) with Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, about the requirement to sell more electric and hybrid vehicles and its impact on the prices of conventional vehicles.

Related Content: Electric Vehicle Sales Quotas: A Tax in Disguise

25 July 2017July 25, 2017

July 25, 2017 | 4 min. 21 sec. | Puisqu'il faut se lever (98,5FM)

Interview (in French) with Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, about the requirement to sell more electric and hybrid vehicles and its impact on the prices of conventional vehicles.

Related Content: Electric Vehicle Sales Quotas: A Tax in Disguise

25 July 2017July 25, 2017
www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca, p. web
Electric vehicle subsidies.
25 July 2017July 25, 2017
Montreal Gazette, p. A06
Electric vehicle subsidies.
25 July 2017July 25, 2017
Viewpoint showing how the requirement to sell more electric and hybrid vehicles will raise the prices of conventional vehicles
The Quebec government has set itself the ambitious task of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 37.5% below their 1990 levels by 2030. In order to reach this target, important policy efforts have been devoted to the transportation sector, which accounts for 43% of total emissions. At the forefront of such efforts are electric vehicle subsidies. But starting with their 2018 models, carmakers will now also be faced with electric and hybrid vehicle sales quotas. This is a tax in all but name, which will disproportionately increase prices of conventional vehicles.
25 July 2017July 25, 2017

July 13, 2017 | 17 min. 40 sec. | Martin Pouliot à BLVD (BLVD 102.1 FM)

Interview (in French) with Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, about Quebecers' appreciation of the health care system.

13 July 2017July 13, 2017
Le Devoir, p. A07
The perils of centralized health care.
13 July 2017July 13, 2017
Viewpoint explaining why it is impossible for bureaucrats at the head of a vast and complex organization to control everything in an efficient manner
For thirty years, the Quebec health care system has experienced multiple systemic problems, especially in terms of long emergency room wait times, and long delays for surgeries as well. Not only has the Health Department been unable to plan the long-term development of the system in such a way as to put an end to these problems once and for all; it also seems unable to allocate resources efficiently when the unexpected occurs. What is so different about the health care sector? And what can be done about it?
13 July 2017July 13, 2017

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