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A winning recipe for a successful overhaul of the Quebec health care system

Montreal, February 17, 2022 – The Quebec government, through Health Minister Christian Dubé, will soon present its plan to overhaul the health care system. The Montreal Economic Institute is proud to unveil a major study by economist Maria Lily Shaw on the best practices of the health care systems of Sweden and the United Kingdom—two examples that Quebec should follow if it really wants its reforms to be successful.

Construction costs are still too high in Ontario: The status quo is bad news for taxpayers

Montreal, February 10, 2022 – The economic situation in recent years has pushed construction project costs up considerably. While this is true across the country, the regulatory framework governing the construction industry in Ontario poses additional challenges that further raise costs. After analyzing the application (or not) of Bill 66 by the cities Hamilton, Toronto, and the region of Waterloo, MEI researchers concluded that this bill has some blind spots, and that maintaining the status quo will have major repercussions not only on the province’s construction industry, but also on Ontario taxpayers.

Interdiction de l’exploitation des hydrocarbures: Ne faisons pas rire de nous à l’international

Montréal, le 2 février 2022 — Aujourd’hui, le ministre de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles, Jonathan Julien, a déposé son projet de loi visant à interdire l’exploitation des hydrocarbures au Québec. Les chercheurs de l’IEDM croient que le gouvernement du Québec fait fausse route en offrant des indemnisations inéquitables aux entrepreneurs et sont d’avis que l’interdiction de l’exploitation des hydrocarbures est une bien mauvaise décision tant pour l’économie que pour l’environnement.

Le taux directeur doit augmenter et une rigueur budgétaire est de mise

Montréal, le 26 janvier 2022 — Parce que la hausse du taux cible du financement à un jour est considérée comme une des solutions pour freiner l’inflation, les chercheurs de l’IEDM affirment que la Banque du Canada doit hausser les taux lors de la prochaine annonce du 2 mars 2022. Cependant, ils considèrent important d‘éclairer la population sur les effets à prévoir sur eux et sur les politiques publiques.

Couvre-feu : aucun effet sur le nombre de cas

Montréal, le 5 janvier 2022 – Les chercheurs de l’Institut économique de Montréal ont cru bon de tenter de justifier statistiquement et scientifiquement la mesure du couvre-feu. Après analyses, leurs modèles économétriques ne démontrent aucun effet du couvre-feu sur le nombre de cas.

Canadians are ready for genuine health care liberalization

Montreal, December 2, 2021 – While the Canadian health care system’s capacity to treat more patients during the pandemic remains particularly low, a clear majority of Canadians (58%) want their governments to allow increased access to health care services provided by entrepreneurs, versus just 27% who are opposed to this. Moreover, according to the Ipsos poll commissioned by the Montreal Economic Institute, a majority of Canadians (52%) also agree that the rate of increase in health care spending is unsustainable.

Forestry industry innovations benefit the environment and our rural regions

Montreal, November 30, 2021 – Contrary to perceptions disseminated by certain of its opponents, the forestry industry continues to innovate, and increasingly contributes to the fight against climate change. In a new publication launched by the Montreal Economic Institute, co-authors Olivier Rancourt and Miguel Ouellette provide a survey of some of the innovations implemented by this industry.

MEI: Quebec on the path to budgetary balance

Montreal, November 25, 2021 – Following the tabling of the economic update by Finance Minister Éric Girard, two economists from the Montreal Economic Institute had some thoughts on the matter.

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