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Throne speech: A leap into the unknown without a parachute

Montreal, September 23, 2020 – According to a Montreal Economic Institute analyst, the measures announced today by the federal government in its throne speech will not pave the way for a solid economic recovery after months of severe, generalized lockdown of the Canadian economy.

The federal government is jeopardizing manufacturing jobs

Montreal, September 17, 2020 – The federal government will soon publish the new Clean Fuel Standard (CFS). Although this reform has attracted less attention from the general public than the imposition of a carbon tax, it is once again Canadian manufacturing companies and consumers who will feel its effects. A new Montreal Economic Institute publication, prepared by economist Miguel Ouellette, shines a light on the unintended consequences of the CFS.

Poll: Quebecers are fans of Western Canadian oil

Montreal, September 9, 2020 – While it may surprise some observers, Quebecers are very open to developing their own oil resources. They also far prefer Western Canadian oil to foreign oil, according to an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of the MEI and published today.

Alberta’s Bill 30: A small step toward health care entrepreneurship

Montreal, August 12, 2020 – Alberta’s legislature passed Bill 30, the Health Statutes Amendment Act, on July 29. Considering Alberta’s underperforming health care system, the proposed reforms amount to a small step in the right direction according to the authors of a new publication released today by the Montreal Economic Institute.

Test Your Knowledge with the MEI’s Economics Quizzes

Montreal, August 7, 2020 – Today, the Montreal Economic Institute released its second economic quiz, which can be found on the MEI website. The quiz is comprised of a short 10-question questionnaire designed to assess knowledge of basic economic concepts.

INSPQ data: A 94% drop in active COVID-19 cases

Montreal, July 23, 2020 – At the end of last week, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) dramatically revised its data regarding the extent of COVID-19 in Quebec. Yet these substantial changes attracted very little attention.

Wealth taxes end up hurting everyone

Montreal, July 16, 2020 – The idea of a Canadian wealth tax continues to inspire certain politicians and activists. Less than two weeks ago, the Parliamentary Budget Officer again responded to a request from a member of the House of Commons regarding the cost of such a tax. As recently as July 13, 2020, the media reported that heiress Abigail Disney and others of the “super rich” were calling for the introduction of a wealth tax to finance COVID-19 assistance measures. A new publication from the Montreal Economic Institute highlights the inefficiency of this kind of tax, and the fact that it is less well-off taxpayers who pay for it in the end.

How much have lockdowns cost us?

Montreal, June 30, 2020 – Lockdown measures were put in place hastily and, apparently, without considering their economic and social costs. In a publication launched today by the Montreal Economic Institute, researchers attempt to quantify the impact of lockdown measures.

Do severe lockdowns have an impact on the death toll of COVID-19?

Montreal, June 29, 2020 – Since the adoption of COVID-19 lockdowns, we have questioned whether the drastic nature of these restrictions has had an impact on the spread of the novel virus. Using data collected by the University of Oxford, The Montreal Economic Institute has prepared an animation that explains the findings of Bloomberg News’ analysis.

The government must encourage the preservation of employment links

Montreal, June 9, 2020 – The economic catastrophe due in large part to physical distancing measures has led the various levels of government to implement relief measures. A new publication launched by the Montreal Economic Institute provides a critical look at the relief measures currently in effect all while identifying the principles that should guide government action. The researchers notably observe that measures aiming to preserve employment links, like wage subsidies, are the most conducive to rapid economic recovery.

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