The Fiscal Paternalism of Taxing Sugary Drinks
Many people seem to believe government should take on the role of a father, protecting us from ourselves. The idea of taxing sugary beverages is in line with this thinking.
Mobilité sociale: privilégions la liberté économique à la redistribution
Un lien direct existe entre la liberté économique et la mobilité absolue, avec lequel s’enchaîne la mobilité relative.
Economic update: Interest rate hikes are having an effect
Montreal, December 8, 2022 – The Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) reacted to the Quebec government’s economic update presented by Finance Minister Éric Girard earlier today.
Policy Interest Rate Hikes Are Difficult, But Necessary
If you have a mortgage, you’ve felt it; the rapid rise in the policy interest rate this year has led banks to charge higher interest rates.
IEDM – Dépenses: la méthode de Couillard devrait-elle être adoptée par Legault? – Vincent Geloso
November 29, 2022 | 14 min. 02 sec. | Mario Dumont (QUB Radio) Interview (in French) with Vincent Geloso, Senior Economist at […]
Lessons from Ranking the Fiscal Performance of Quebec Premiers Since 1944
Former Premier Jacques Parizeau takes the top prize in terms of fiscal responsibility, according to this ranking of Quebec premiers since 1944 published by the MEI. The size of the Quebec government reached a historic high of 28% of GDP last year. François Legault is ranked 12th out of 14 premiers in terms of fiscal responsibility.
Inflation: Blame the Bank of Canada, and Supply Managed Industries
The official figures are out, but you probably already felt it in your wallet. The growth of the Consumer Price Index remained steady at 6.9% in October.
Health Transfers: Tax Points Instead of a Bigger Cheque
Instead of asking for bigger health care cheques, the provinces should band together to request tax points from the federal government.
Large cost for little upside: Why the government’s digital services tax is not worth the trouble
The Trudeau government has plans to impose a tax on digital services. The case for the targeted tax is weak. The consequences could be significant.
Economic update: A smaller-than-expected deficit due to inflation
Montreal, November 3, 2022 – The Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) reacted to the release of the federal government’s economic update earlier today. “The federal government should show some humility before taking credit for the reduction of the deficit,” says Olivier Rancourt, economist at the MEI.