Canada’s 1% still flying high

While much of the conversation on Canada’s new Census income numbers focuses on the sustained nature of income inequality, little attention has been paid to what’s been happening to the richest 1% compared to the rest of us. This is the first time that a Canadian Census includes information about…
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4,5 G$, ça fait beaucoup!

Québec nage dans les surplus. Le bilan de la dernière année financière nous apprend que pour l’exercice qui s’est terminé au 31 mars, c’est 4,5 G$ en surplus qui se retrouvent dans les coffres du gouvernement. Gérald Fillion, dans un texte publié la semaine dernière, résume bien comment nous en…
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Révolution sociosanitaire : tout le pouvoir aux CLSC

L’IRIS publiait une étude proposant une révolution complète du le système de santé et de services sociaux du Québec. Les médias ont surtout retenu la proposition visant à faire des médecins des salarié·e·s, mais il ne s’agit que d’une des idées dans l’ensemble de celles que nous avons formulées pour…
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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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