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Canadians don’t believe that COP26 will be a game changer

Montreal, November 17, 2021 – With COP26 just coming to a close in Glasgow, only 25% of Canadians (and 36% of Quebecers) are of the opinion that this conference helped find solutions to climate change. Health care and the economy clearly remain the top priorities for the Canadian population, and 65% of Canadians are not prepared to pay a single cent more to fight climate change.

The CEO of the MEI reacts to the passing of Germain Belzile

Montreal, November 12, 2021 – Yesterday morning, economist Germain Belzile passed away surrounded by loved ones. Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the Montreal Economic Institute, wished to highlight Mr. Belzile’s remarkable contribution to Quebec public life.

Electric buses: Over $1,500 per tonne of GHG emissions avoided

Montreal, November 4, 2021 – With many policy-makers gathered in Glasgow for COP26, the Quebec government made a big show of announcing over $5 billion in spending for the purchase of electric city buses. According to the Montreal Economic Institute’s preliminary calculations, this would be one of the most expensive and least effective measures for reducing Quebec’s GHG emissions. Miguel Ouellette, Director of Operations and Economist at the MEI, had some thoughts on the matter.

Unlocking Canada’s carbon capture potential

Montreal, October 28, 2021 – With the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) set to begin in a few short days, governments are expected to double down on GHG emission reduction targets. A recent MEI publication described how carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies can allow governments to reach their targets without compromising our standard of living. A follow-up publication launched today by the MEI offers tangible solutions to encourage uptake of this new technology by entrepreneurs.

Labour mobility: Quebec must follow Alberta’s lead

Montreal, October 26, 2021 – While many provinces, including Quebec, are facing labour shortages that are compromising their health care systems and several sectors of the economy, Alberta has introduced a bill that should allow the province to access a wider pool of employees. Miguel Ouellette, Director of Operations and Economist at the Montreal Economic Institute, had some thoughts on the matter.

Expropriation des pétrolières et gazières: Québec dort au gaz

MONTRÉAL, le 20 octobre 2021 – Dans le cadre du discours d’ouverture livré hier à l’Assemblée nationale, le gouvernement du Québec a déclaré son intention d’exproprier toutes les entreprises détenant des droits sur le gaz naturel et le pétrole québécois. L’économiste et directeur des opérations de l’Institut économique de Montréal (IEDM), Miguel Ouellette, a souhaité réagir à cette nouvelle économique importante.

GHG emissions: Capturing and using carbon to hit our targets

Montreal, October 14, 2021 – With GHG emission reduction targets getting ever more ambitious, and the pressing need for concrete results, the technological tools at our disposal keep improving. A publication launched today by the MEI looks at CO2 capture, utilization, and storage/sequestration (CCUS) technologies, which are playing a bigger and bigger role and could allow us to reach our targets without compromising our standard of living.

Liberté d’expression : la censure doit cesser

Montréal, le 29 septembre 2021 – Ce matin, de nouvelles données publiées par La Presse sont venues confirmer un constat pour le moins inquiétant : une majorité de professeurs d’université pratiquent l’autocensure. Nos chercheurs à l’Institut économique de Montréal ont souhaité chiffrer les pertes économiques associées à une diminution de la liberté d’expression au Québec.

Quebec can become a leader in distance learning

Montreal, September 29, 2021 – The health measures adopted since the spring of 2020 have forced students to rediscover the pleasures of distance learning. Now that the necessary technological infrastructure is in place, is it feasible for Quebec universities to try to attract a larger international clientele? A publication launched today by the MEI examines how our universities could seize this new opportunity.

Exploitation du gaz et du pétrole: une erreur historique de Québec

Montréal, le 15 septembre 2021 – Alors que le gouvernement du Québec signale son intention d’empêcher définitivement toute exploitation du gaz naturel et du pétrole québécois, l’économiste et directeur des opérations de l’Institut économique de Montréal (IEDM), Miguel Ouellette, a souhaité réagir.

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