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Energy in Quebec: Can we electrify the entire economy?

Montreal, May 13, 2020 – For several years, there has been talk of electrifying the entire Quebec economy. The Montreal Economic Institute is releasing a publication today that presents the province’s energy profile, quantifies its hydroelectric potential, and identifies natural gas as a realistic solution for meeting our energy needs.

Season 6 of the Free Markets Series now available online

Montreal, May 6, 2020 – After having aired on PBS affiliates in the United States and Canada, the sixth 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.

2020 ranking of Quebec ERs – Which ones are the most overcrowded?

Montreal, April 22, 2020 – In which Quebec emergency rooms are patients most likely to return home without having seen a doctor? The “2020 Ranking of ER Overcrowding in Quebec,” launched today by the MEI, describes the situation over the past year and measures the evolution of the situation over five years using data obtained through a request for access to information, before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coming to the aid of restaurateurs

Montreal, April 16, 2020 – The physical distancing measures in effect to slow the propagation of the coronavirus are hitting the restaurant industry hard. A publication launched today by the MEI proposes solutions to help the sector.

The lessons to be drawn from past pandemics

Montreal, April 7, 2020 – In addition to a health crisis, the coronavirus pandemic raises concerns about an economic crisis. While several commentators draw parallels with the Spanish influenza, a new publication launched by the MEI analyzes the economic lessons that should be learned from this historical episode.

Air Canada’s acquisition of Air Transat must be approved by Minister Garneau

Montreal, March 30, 2020 – The Competition Bureau submitted its report on March 27, 2020 coming out against Air Canada’s proposed acquisition of Air Transat, which has otherwise already been approved by shareholders. While the airline industry is being battered by the coronavirus pandemic, a new publication launched by the MEI shows that a dynamic understanding of competition mechanisms argues in favour of the transaction.

Coronavirus: The MEI reacts to federal economic measures

Montreal, March 18, 2020 – Canada’s federal government announced measures this morning totalling nearly $30 billion in order to stimulate the Canadian economy. While fast, targeted action is required to help Canadians struggling due to the economic slowdown to meet their needs, MEI researchers nonetheless believe that other options should be considered.

Three fiscal measures to address the coronavirus

Montreal, March 17, 2020 – As COVID-19 continues to spread across Canada, a rising chorus is calling for expensive fiscal stimulus to fight its economic fallout. An MEI publication launched today asserts that given already low interest rates, fiscal measures are the textbook response.

Income taxes: The complexity of the tax system is costly for the poorest Canadians

Montreal, March 12, 2020 – With tax season in full swing, Canadians once again have to devote time and money to filling out their income tax returns. Unfortunately, a lot of them—including many of modest means—will not claim the considerable sums to which they are entitled. This troubling situation is due to an overly complex tax system, as shown in an MEI publication launched today.

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