Montreal, September 19, 2019 – The technologies behind telemedicine are available, and more Canadians could receive remote care, at home or at work, thereby saving themselves trips and avoiding long waits. Unfortunately, our governments are slow to remove obstacles that prevent patients from benefiting from virtual consultations, and doctors from providing this care, shows a publication launched today by the MEI. Only 1% of Canadians use virtual care.
Montreal, August 29, 2019 – The MEI is launching a publication today showing that education spending increased considerably between 2006 and 2016, even though the number of students in public schools went down. One has to wonder if the situation is sustainable in the long run, especially given that the number of students has rebounded since 2016 and will continue to grow substantially in the coming years.
Montreal, August 21, 2019 – A publication launched today by the MEI shows that waiting times in Quebec emergency rooms continue to increase, despite a reduction in the number of patients treated in 2018-2019. The data collected by the Department of Health run counter to information that circulated earlier this year according to which the situation in emergency rooms had improved.
Montreal, August 7, 2019 – Sharing economy giants like Uber and Airbnb took more than ten years before finally holding an initial public offering this year; in the 1990s, Yahoo and Amazon took just one and three years, respectively. An MEI publication launched today shows that these delays are due, among other things, to the fact that the United States is increasingly closed to regular investors.
Montreal, August 1, 2019 – An MEI publication issued today highlights the contradictions we face from two recent policies put forward by the City of Montreal. Both the by-law aimed at controlling the sale of domestic animals and a recommendation to restrict the distribution of advertising flyers could create more problems than they solve.
Montreal, July 4, 2019 – With the carbon tax imposed by Ottawa causing discontent in several provinces, an MEI publication released today shows that governments should reconsider their GHG reduction policies, because they are not efficient.
Montreal, June 4, 2019 – While Air Canada is looking to purchase Air Transat, a publication released today by the MEI shows that the concerns of travellers regarding potential price increases should not be based on greater market concentration, but rather on the presence of barriers to entry in the air travel industry.
Montreal, May 31, 2019 - After having aired on PBS affiliates in the United States and Canada, the fifth 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.
Montreal, May 9, 2019 – Alberta’s $30 carbon tax is around 50% higher than the rate currently in place in Quebec as a result of its cap & trade system, as shows a Research Paper published today by the MEI.
Montreal, May 3, 2019 – As we celebrate World Press Freedom Day, a publication launched today by the MEI shows that this freedom is closely linked with the degree of economic freedom that prevails in a country.
Montreal, April 18, 2019 – Patients could pay a high price for Ottawa’s reform—which aims to cut the maximum prices at which new drugs can be sold by up to 70%—by seeing their access to new drugs slowed down or even compromised, shows a publication launched today by the MEI.
Montreal, April 17, 2019 – In a speech following his election victory, the new Premier-elect of Alberta, the Honourable Jason Kenney, extended a hand to Quebec and urged the province not to hinder the development of Alberta’s energy sector.
Montreal, April 10, 2019 – While hundreds of thousands of Canadians are completing their tax returns, a publication launched today by the MEI shows that the Canadian tax system has become much too complicated and costly to administer, and should therefore be simplified.
Montreal, April 4, 2019 – While the unemployment rate is at its lowest and the country’s labour shortage is regularly in the news, workers should have the upper hand and be enjoying substantial wage increases. But trade barriers and the tax burden keep them from fully benefiting from this favourable context, as shown in an MEI study published today.
Montreal, March 28, 2019 – Since 2012, Quebec has spent more than $220 million in subsidies to “encourage” the purchase of electric vehicles. This spending will continue, since the government has extended this program for two more years. Yet as the MEI has been saying for some time, not only is such a public policy very expensive, it also has very little impact on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Montreal, March 26, 2019 – Despite the Supreme Court’s decision to maintain the status quo in the Comeau case, Canadians continue to strongly support the idea of eliminating obstacles to trade between the provinces, as shown in an Ipsos poll released today.
Montreal, March 20, 2019 – The MEI congratulates the Quebec government for having decided to reduce the regulatory burden and encourage innovation. Indeed, the bill to modernize the taxi industry, which has just been tabled by the Transport Department, proposes a series of measures that will benefit both consumers and the industry.
Montreal, March 20, 2019 – With the government enjoying a substantial surplus of between $2 billion and $4.6 billion for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, it should prioritize measures that will stimulate productivity, including tax cuts, says the MEI.
Montreal, March 18, 2019 – Tomorrow, the federal government will present its last budget before the elections expected in the fall. Contrary to what was included in the government’s fiscal framework during the last election, a substantial deficit is expected again this year. Indeed, according to Finance Canada’s projections, the budget will only be balanced in 2040.
Montreal, March 14, 2019 – With Quebec preparing to table a bill to modernize the taxi industry, a publication launched today by the MEI shows that the government should take advantage of this opportunity to reduce the regulatory burden and encourage innovation.
Montreal, February 28, 2019 – The Collège des médecins du Québec ended up showing some openness, and specialized nurse practitioners can now make certain diagnoses. As shown in a publication launched today by the MEI, “super nurses” are qualified to provide a wide range of care, which can free up doctors from certain tasks and increase access for patients.
Montreal, February 22, 2019 – The MEI salutes the National Energy Board’s decision to recommend that the federal government move forward with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Nonetheless, this saga is far from over, and shows once again that Canada’s energy project approval process remains burdensome and inefficient.
Montreal, February 13, 2019 – While Quebec Premier François Legault wants to attract private investment into the province, a publication launched today by the MEI shows that an essential precondition for this and for increasing Quebecers’ standard of living is to increase the province’s productivity by reducing public spending.
Montreal, February 8, 2019 – The MEI welcomes the news that Ottawa is expected not to go forward with a completely public national drug insurance plan that would make the government the sole insurer and prevent workers who want to continue to enjoy their current coverage from doing so.
Montreal, February 6, 2019 – In spite of the efforts of the federal government in recent years to rein in the expansion of the regulatory burden, the fact is that its initiatives have had only mitigated success. Indeed, according to a study published today by the MEI, the number of regulatory requirements imposed on businesses by the federal government and federal agencies increased from 129,860 to 136,121 between 2014 and 2017.
Montreal, January 24, 2019 – This morning’s news that Téo Taxi is generating heavy losses and that parent company Taxelco will be placing itself under the protection of the Bankruptcy Act should serve as a warning to governments, which tend to want to play banker with taxpayers’ money, says the MEI.
Montreal, January 24, 2019 – The MEI is releasing a booklet today entitled 18 Essential Classical Liberal Thinkers that summarizes, using accessible language, the thought and contributions of some of the main classical liberal economists and intellectuals of the past century and a half.