Media Releases

Obstacles keep Canadians from benefiting from telemedicine

Montreal, September 19, 2019 – The technologies behind telemedicine are available, and more Canadians could receive remote care, at home or at work, thereby saving themselves trips and avoiding long waits. Unfortunately, our governments are slow to remove obstacles that prevent patients from benefiting from virtual consultations, and doctors from providing this care, shows a publication launched today by the MEI. Only 1% of Canadians use virtual care.

Education: Getting our money’s worth

Montreal, August 29, 2019 – The MEI is launching a publication today showing that education spending increased considerably between 2006 and 2016, even though the number of students in public schools went down. One has to wonder if the situation is sustainable in the long run, especially given that the number of students has rebounded since 2016 and will continue to grow substantially in the coming years.

Quebec Emergency Rooms: Fewer Patients, Longer Waits

Montreal, August 21, 2019 – A publication launched today by the MEI shows that waiting times in Quebec emergency rooms continue to increase, despite a reduction in the number of patients treated in 2018-2019. The data collected by the Department of Health run counter to information that circulated earlier this year according to which the situation in emergency rooms had improved.

IPOs: The United States should take a page from Canada

Montreal, August 7, 2019 – Sharing economy giants like Uber and Airbnb took more than ten years before finally holding an initial public offering this year; in the 1990s, Yahoo and Amazon took just one and three years, respectively. An MEI publication launched today shows that these delays are due, among other things, to the fact that the United States is increasingly closed to regular investors.

Air Canada’s purchase of Air Transat: Should consumers be worried?

Montreal, June 4, 2019 – While Air Canada is looking to purchase Air Transat, a publication released today by the MEI shows that the concerns of travellers regarding potential price increases should not be based on greater market concentration, but rather on the presence of barriers to entry in the air travel industry.

Season 5 of the Free Markets Series now available online

Montreal, May 31, 2019 – After having aired on PBS affiliates in the United States and Canada, the fifth season of the Free Markets Series is now available online for the entire internet community to enjoy. Six new 30-minute episodes can be found in the dedicated series web library, and on social media networks.

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