The Harmful Consequences of the Adoption of a Federal Law Banning Replacement Workers

Ottawa’s proposed ban on the use of temporary replacement workers during work stoppages will significantly disrupt vital services, asserts this MEI study. “Banning the use of replacement workers for federally regulated industries will enable small groups of unionized employees to stop key transportation infrastructure from working,” explains Gabriel Giguère, public policy analyst at the MEI and author of the study.

Economic Freedom Reduces Poverty: The Canadian Experience

A lighter regulatory and tax burden would have reduced the number and the length of episodes of poverty in Quebec, shows this study published by the MEI. “The economic literature is very clear: the weight of regulation and taxes has a negative impact on economic growth, and ultimately on social mobility,” explains Vincent Geloso, senior economist at the MEI.

Activity-Based Hospital Funding in Alberta: Insights from Quebec and Australia

Adopting activity-based funding for hospitals in Alberta could shorten wait times and improve productivity, according to this MEI study. “Our current hospital funding model incentivizes treating the fewest patients possible, as each new patient represents an additional cost,” explains Krystle Wittevrongel, Senior Public Policy Analyst and Alberta Project Lead at the MEI.

ER Wait Times in Quebec Are Stagnating

The median patient visiting a Quebec emergency room last year spent 5 hours and 13 minutes there, according to this study published by the MEI. “This year again, Quebec patients have had to be patient indeed, with emergency room visits taking over five hours,” says Emmanuelle B. Faubert, economist at the MEI and author of the study.

Budgetary Balance: Quebec Must Stay the Course

Despite the pressure exerted by the wage increases granted to public employees, the Legault government should stay the course and quickly return to a balanced budget, concludes this study published by the MEI.

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