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Health Care Reforms: Just How Far Can We Go? popular

Philippe H. Trudel, Bruce W. Johnston, and Michel Bédard explore what kinds of health care reforms can occur under existing laws. They also examine how much room the provinces have to manoeuvre under current federal legislation, namely, the Canada Health Act, as well as which laws reform-minded provincial governments could modify.
http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/santejuridique_en.pdf

$7-a-day childcare: Are parents getting what they need?

Norma Kozhaya says this model of daycare benefits some parents and harms others. Researchers estimated that families with annual incomes between $25,000 and $40,000 were worse off under the new system, while families with incomes of $60,000 or more benefit most.
http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/octobre06_en.pdf

Are business subsidies efficient?

Nathalie Elgrably begins her economic note by explaining several categories of subsidies to business: 1) direct subsidies in the form of unconditional or conditional transfers; 2) tax expenditures, which are tax advantages such as exemptions, deductions, lower tax rates, and refundable or non-refundable tax credits; 3) interest-free or low-interest loans; 4) loan guarantees; 5) financial involvement in a commercial company through shares or units; and, 6) non-monetary assistance such as consulting services.
http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/juin06_en.pdf

Choosing a regulatory framework for private health insurance

In this economic note Norma Kozhaya discusses how to set up private health insurance and regulatory pitfalls to avoid.
http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/mars06_en.pdf

Is government control of the liquor trade still justified?

In his research paper Valentin Petkantchin explores the justifications for preserving the government monopoly on liquor sales in Quebec and the economic consequences of the monopoly.
http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/oct05_en.pdf

Obstacles to Entrepreneurship in Quebec

In this economic note Valentin Petkantchin explores why Quebec has fewer entrepreneurs than other parts of Canada and the United States.
http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/dec05_en.pdf

Quebec Prosperity: Taking the Next Step

In this report Fred McMahon investigates Quebec’s economic performance (both within Canada and relative to that of the US states), and how its economic performance is affected by provincial economic policies. One of the key questions McMahon addresses is why Quebec’s economic performance has consistently been lower than its potential; in his view, residents of Quebec are poorer and more frequently unemployed than they should.
http://www.fraserinstitute.ca/admin/books/chapterfiles/Compl...

Quebec’s Relative Poverty

In this economic note, Norma Kozhaya discusses Quebec’s relative poverty compared to other Canadian provinces and US states.
http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/mai06_en.pdf

Quebec’s Tax and Regulatory Burden

Newly elected Premier Jean Charest stated that his government must lower taxes because the current load is hindering Quebec’s development. In this Economic Note the authors assess the size of the province’s tax burden and present a clear picture of the challenge awaiting the new government.
http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/burden.pdf

Raise Electricity Prices in Quebec – and Benefit Everyone

This e-brief by Marcel Boyer explores public hearings being held by the Quebec Assembly’s Labour and Economy Commission concerning the future of Quebec’s energy sector. A central issue in these hearings: electricity prices, a subject where divergent opinions are the order of the day. Boyer points out that the majority of individuals in Quebec society do not support energy price increases. Boyer argues, however, by that by maintaining low energy prices (below their economic potential), Quebec is poorer as a result. Therefore, Boyer suggests a re-thinking of the “underlying social pact” which exists vis-à-vis electricity prices.
http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/ebrief_13_english.pdf

Report Card on Quebec's Secondary Schools, 2003 Edition

The Report Card on Quebec’s Secondary Schools: 2003 Edition compiles a set of relevant, objective indicators of school performance into one, easily accessible public document.
http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/bulletin03_en.pdf

Report Card on Quebec's Secondary Schools, 2004 Edition

The Report Card on Quebec’s Secondary Schools: 2004 Edition compiles a set of relevant, objective indicators of school performance into one, easily accessible public document.
http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/bulletin04_en.pdf

Report Card on Quebec’s Secondary Schools: 2005 Edition

The Report Card on Quebec’s Secondary Schools: 2005 Edition compiles a set of relevant, objective indicators of school performance into one easily accessible public document.
http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/bulletin05_en.pdf

Report Card on Quebec’s Secondary Schools: 2006 Edition

This annual report on Quebec’s secondary schools provides a valuable tool for parents who are choosing a school.
http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/bulletin06_en.pdf

Restoring the Federal Principle: The Place of Quebec in the Canadian Social Union

This article by Christian Dufour examines the “inability of the Canadian political system to integrate Quebec’s particular vision of federalism and of the country.”
http://www.irpp.org/pm/archive/pmvol3no1.pdf

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

In this economic note Tasha Kheiriddin presents a summary of the Charest government’s achievements, particularly with regard to its promises to provide tax relief and to reduce the role of the state.
http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/sept2006_en.pdf

The Changing Nature of Quebec-Canada Relations: From the 1980 Referendum to the Summit of the Canadas

In this paper, Thomas Courchene traces the economic and political evolution of Quebec-Canada relations from the 1980 referendum through to the July 2004 Council of the Federation meeting.
http://www.irpp.org/miscpubs/archive/wp/wp2004-08.pdf

The consequences of a strong union presence in Quebec

Quebec has the highest unionization rate in North America. In this economic note Norma Kozhaya examines the economic impact of Quebec’s strong union presence.
http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/sept05_en.pdf

The economic costs of the capital tax

Canada is one of the few countries to tax corporate capital. Federally this capital tax affects all large corporations with financial institutions playing higher rates.
http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/mar05_en.pdf

The minimum wage and labour market flexibility

For a labour market to be deemed flexible, the author explains, it has to operate freely and adapt both to any shocks that may arise and to changing economic conditions. When the government intervenes in the labour market, it does so to protect workers ensuring them of higher wages or job security.
http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/dec06_en.pdf

The Pros and Cons of Public Service User Fees

In this Economic Note, Paul Daniel Muller discusses user fees for financing public services.
http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/december03.pdf