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La Presse+, p. web
Health Canada’s reform of the pricing mechanism for new drugs could delay their introduction.
18 April 2019April 18, 2019
Viewpoint explaining how Health Canada’s reform of the pricing mechanism for new drugs could delay their introduction
The Canadian government is planning to change the way prices are set for new patented drugs and cut the maximum prices at which these drugs can be sold by up to 70%. But this reform could prove very costly for patients. If it goes forward and fails to take into account the adverse effects of reference pricing systems, which have been well documented by various international bodies, Canadians could see their access to new drugs slowed down or even compromised.
18 April 2019April 18, 2019
National Post, p. FP9
The Canadian tax system has become much too complicated and costly to administer.
10 April 2019April 10, 2019
Economic Note showing that a detailed examination of Canada’s costly and complicated tax system is needed
Taxpayers always meet the months of March and April with some apprehension, as they will have to devote precious hours of their time to completing their income tax returns, or pay someone else to do it for them. Is it possible to make life easier for taxpayers by simplifying the tax system?
10 April 2019April 10, 2019
Le Droit, p. web
The debate over the nationalization of drug insurance.
8 April 2019April 8, 2019
Viewpoint showing how labour laws, interprovincial trade barriers, and the tax burden affect jobs and wages
We are constantly told that there is a shortage of labour in Canada. In 2018, the economy added 163,000 full-time jobs, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.6%, a historic low that can be qualified as full employment. The participation rate for people of prime working age, 25 to 54 years, is 87%. The winds are shifting on the labour market. Employers used to have the upper hand; now, it’s workers who have it.
4 April 2019April 4, 2019
The Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) commissioned Ipsos to poll Canadians on their opinions regarding interprovincial free trade.
26 March 2019March 26, 2019
La Presse+, p. web
The creation of the Observatoire québécois des inégalités.
25 March 2019March 25, 2019
Viewpoint explaining that the new framework for the taxi industry should encourage innovation and aim to maximize the well-being of consumers
In Quebec, as in many other places in the world, a permit is required to provide taxi services. For a long time, this has led to a lack of competition and the resulting effects. The Quebec government will soon table a bill to modernize the taxi industry. On which principles should new regulation be based if it is also to serve as a framework for future innovations in the sector?
14 March 2019March 14, 2019
Policy Paper for the One Country, One Market collaborative campaign showing how Canada can progress toward a true common market
A New Canadian Partnership for domestic free trade could produce economic benefits for Canadians that rival those of international free trade agreements. That’s the conclusion of Professor Ian Brodie, political scientist at the University of Calgary, in a new public policy study for the Montreal Economic Institute, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) and the Canadian Constitution Foundation.
13 March 2019March 13, 2019
Montreal Gazette, p. A09
Health professionals should be able to use all their skills.
28 February 2019February 28, 2019
La Presse+, p. web
Health professionals should be able to use all their skills.
28 February 2019February 28, 2019
Viewpoint showing that to ensure the best possible access to care, health professionals should be able to use all their skills
Quebec’s Health Minister recently announced that she wanted specialized nurse practitioners (SNPs) to be able to make diagnoses, as is the case everywhere else in Canada. The Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) ended up making peace with the idea, while the Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec (FMOQ) is still not on board, claiming that this act must be reserved to physicians. Is this resistance justified?
28 February 2019February 28, 2019
National Post, p. FP11
The theory of predatory pricing.
15 February 2019February 15, 2019
Viewpoint explaining that an economic environment more favourable to productivity growth can raise living standards in the long term
Quebec Premier François Legault has often stated his desire to attract foreign investment into the province and to increase Quebecers’ standard of living. An essential precondition for this is to create an economic environment that is more favourable to productivity growth, considered by economists to be the main determinant of rising living standards in the long term. This can be achieved by reducing the amount of room taken up by the government in the economy, through a decrease in public spending.
13 February 2019February 13, 2019
Economic Note providing a roadmap for eliminating the excessive regulation that stifles entrepreneurship and drags down the economy in Canada
In its last Fall Economic Statement, the federal government included a chapter on regulation. It intends to review and remove outdated or duplicative regulatory requirements, keep an eye on our regulatory burden’s effect on our competitiveness, and innovate when it comes to rule-making. While this is a welcome admission that the Canadian regulatory burden is weighing down our competitiveness, with the United States as an easy alternative destination for investment, it still leaves open the question of how exactly to proceed with effectively reducing the regulatory burden.
6 February 2019February 6, 2019
The Globe and Mail, p. B4
Deregulation in the United States is not fake news.
5 February 2019February 5, 2019
Viewpoint illustrating the negligible impact of Quebec’s emissions on the global climate
The Quebec government has on many occasions signalled its commitment to fighting climate change. The province has set several targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, aiming to have them disappear almost completely by 2050. Yet Quebec’s share of global GHG emissions is so tiny that achieving the provincial objectives would have an insignificant impact on the evolution of the temperature of the planet.
17 January 2019January 17, 2019
The Globe and Mail, p. B4
Should the Government Pre-Fill Your Tax Return?
29 December 2018December 29, 2018, p. web
Access to drug insurance in Quebec.
23 December 2018December 23, 2018, p. web
Patients who do not show up for their medical appointment.
30 November 2018November 30, 2018, p. web
The government should not fill out your tax return for you.
28 November 2018November 28, 2018, p. web
The numerous reasons to question the effectiveness of a soda tax.
27 November 2018November 27, 2018, p. web
The numerous reasons to question the effectiveness of a soda tax.
27 November 2018November 27, 2018
National Post, p. FP9
Some of the effects of the minimum wage increase in the province of Ontario.
20 November 2018November 20, 2018, p. web
Canada does not need a food policy.
14 November 2018November 14, 2018
Research Paper explaining how, by transmitting knowledge throughout the food supply chain, middlemen contribute to better and more varied food, while lowering costs for consumers
Although we take supermarkets for granted, our access to such a quantity and variety of food products on demand and at any time of year is absolutely remarkable. This “miracle” is all the more impressive given that it is the result of spontaneous and voluntary collaboration between millions of people, most of whom will never meet. This paper will examine the historical evolution and the current operation of supermarkets and the numerous intermediaries that supply them, using the analytical framework of the Austrian School of Economics.
14 November 2018November 14, 2018
National Post, p. FP9
The fight against poverty depends on economic freedom.
31 October 2018October 31, 2018


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