Is Quebec’s debt increasing?

Last month, Quebec’s debt reached new record heights. Now standing at over $280 billion, our collective debt (incurred by the government of Quebec) is, as you might have guessed, an ever-increasing burden on our economy and our futures. The debt is increasing, that’s a fact. But is it increasing too rapidly?…
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Car sharing: A solution that deserves more development

Since greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles have risen more than 33% since 1990, governments’ failure to take action and promote alternatives comes as quite a surprise. In fact, even if they keep on telling us that they want to solve the problem, their policies are often counterproductive. For instance, even…
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Should we end the alcohol monopoly in Quebec?

In the eyes of fans of the free market, the fact that Crown corporations are granted exclusivity over certain sectors of the economy comes across as one of the most scandalous of aberrations. For this reason, the idea that the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) should be privatized pops…
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Burdened by Indicators

IRIS recently published a study on health system indicators. While the topic might seem a little dry, it helps advance IRIS’s thinking on how corporate governance is being introduced in Quebec. Over the years, through our analysis of the evolution of the Quebec health system, we have come to understand…
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Did local community service centres (CLSCs) fail or did the Quebec Health Department forsake them?

In an interview that aired on Radio-Canada, Health Minister Gaétan Barrette invoked the “failure” of the “initial concept of CLSCs” to justify significant activities and resources being transferred from local community service centres (CLSCs) to family medicine groups (FMGs). The Minister’s statement suggests that CLSCs are primarily responsible for this…
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Permanent austerity in Québec

As the Premier is fond of saying, the worst is behind us, and Quebec is now set to enjoy more prosperous days. Despite Mr. Couillard’s assurances, it was hard to take his word for it at the beginning of the year. The announcement last month that daycare funding is under review…
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