Montreal, March 28, 2019 – Since 2012, Quebec has spent more than $220 million in subsidies to “encourage” the purchase of electric vehicles. This spending will continue, since the government has extended this program for two more years. Yet as the MEI has been saying for some time, not only is such a public policy very expensive, it also has very little impact on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Montreal, March 26, 2019 – Despite the Supreme Court’s decision to maintain the status quo in the Comeau case, Canadians continue to strongly support the idea of eliminating obstacles to trade between the provinces, as shown in an Ipsos poll released today.
Montreal, March 20, 2019 – The MEI congratulates the Quebec government for having decided to reduce the regulatory burden and encourage innovation. Indeed, the bill to modernize the taxi industry, which has just been tabled by the Transport Department, proposes a series of measures that will benefit both consumers and the industry.
Montreal, March 20, 2019 – With the government enjoying a substantial surplus of between $2 billion and $4.6 billion for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, it should prioritize measures that will stimulate productivity, including tax cuts, says the MEI.
Montreal, March 18, 2019 – Tomorrow, the federal government will present its last budget before the elections expected in the fall. Contrary to what was included in the government’s fiscal framework during the last election, a substantial deficit is expected again this year. Indeed, according to Finance Canada’s projections, the budget will only be balanced in 2040.
Montreal, March 14, 2019 – With Quebec preparing to table a bill to modernize the taxi industry, a publication launched today by the MEI shows that the government should take advantage of this opportunity to reduce the regulatory burden and encourage innovation.
Halifax, NS, March 13, 2019 – A New Canadian Partnership for domestic free trade could produce economic benefits for Canadians that rival those of international free trade agreements.
Montreal, February 28, 2019 – The Collège des médecins du Québec ended up showing some openness, and specialized nurse practitioners can now make certain diagnoses. As shown in a publication launched today by the MEI, “super nurses” are qualified to provide a wide range of care, which can free up doctors from certain tasks and increase access for patients.
Montreal, February 22, 2019 – The MEI salutes the National Energy Board’s decision to recommend that the federal government move forward with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Nonetheless, this saga is far from over, and shows once again that Canada’s energy project approval process remains burdensome and inefficient.
Montreal, February 13, 2019 – While Quebec Premier François Legault wants to attract private investment into the province, a publication launched today by the MEI shows that an essential precondition for this and for increasing Quebecers’ standard of living is to increase the province’s productivity by reducing public spending.