How to make the Canadian airline industry more competitive

The airline industry has gone through plenty of turbulence over the last few years. Following a period of crisis caused by an economic slowdown in the United States and amplified by the attacks of 9/11, the SARS epidemic and the war in Iraq, air traffic began growing again in 2004. The airline sector remains fragile, however, and a jump in oil prices or new terrorist attacks could set things back again. Moreover, the high tax burden that Canadian air carriers are forced to bear compared to their U.S. rivals threatens their competitive position in a context of growing liberalization of airline markets.

Building Prosperity in a Canada Strong and Free

What balance between our public and private sectors will induce the best performance from Canada’s economy? What division of effort and resources among our three levels of government will deliver the peace, order, and public services essential to our quality of life at the least cost and greatest responsiveness to our desires? What balance between “perfect” freedom and the constraints necessary in a complex society will generate the highest levels of wealth and job-creating economic performance? In this report, we have provided our best answers to these questions along with recommendations for action based upon those answers.

Taxation and the Role of the State: A Report Card on the Charest Government

April 2007 will mark the fourth anniversary of Jean Charest’s election as premier of Quebec. In the autumn prior to the election, a Quebec Liberal party congress had adopted an “Action Plan for the Next Liberal Government.” A year after the election, the new government published a “Modernization Plan.” Has the Liberal government kept the promises it made in those proposals? This Economic Note presents a summary of its achievements, with a particular focus on its promises to provide tax relief and to reduce the role of the state.

Liste exhaustive des impôts payés par les contribuables québécois

Établir une liste des impôts est une tâche complexe non seulement à cause des problèmes méthodologiques et à cause de la prolifération des prélèvements de toutes sortes, mais également à cause d’une raison typologique. Des prélèvements à taux différents (TVQ générale et TVQ sur les véhicules hybrides, taxe sur les spiritueux artisanaux et non artisanaux, multiples exceptions à l’imposition des gains de capitaux, etc.) sur une matière fiscale qui peut sembler homogène constituent-ils un seul ou plusieurs impôts? C’est une question indécidable qui, à elle seule, rendrait impossible de dresser une liste littéralement «exhaustive» des impôts dans toute leur diversité (ou leur fouillis).

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