Alternative Person of the Year Award for 2013: Pipelines

The Institut de recherche et d’informations socio-économiques (IRIS) has released its third Alternative Person of the Year Award. In 2011, rating agencies had been its recipients whilst last year Chinese labour camps rose to the top. This year, competition was rough. After lengthy discussions, our jury did come to a…
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Public-Sector Employees in Québec: Fat Cats? Really?

It’s often said that public-sector employees are somehow privileged. That they are fat cats. That their wages are rather exceptional. Actually, some commentators even contend that working for the Québec government is synonymous with phenomenal wages and truly out of the ordinary working conditions. Let’s be honest: getting a government…
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Protection for our cheeses or protection from the Taliban?

In times like ours of accelerated islamization in Québec, we cannot possibly ask the government to do everything. Of course, in an ideal world, it would worry about the consequences of the pipeline through which Enbridge will transport dirty oil across Québec and it would put an end to austerity…
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Québec’s Economic Plan: Putting Jobs First?

The Québec government recently issued its new economic policy, “Putting Jobs First”. The Premier and her Finance Minister have realized that the long-awaited acceleration of economic growth still has not arrived. Hence, they have presented a stimulation plan meant to reinvigorate Québec’s economy and to create new jobs. Too little…
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$6,000 revenue shortfall per annum for workers

We are told that wealth must first be created before it can be redistributed. Put like that, it sounds like a truism. We can still ask whether the wealth created is indeed redistributed in the end. That’s the question to which IRIS wanted to find an answer in its latest…
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Is Québec more corrupt than the rest of Canada?

My colleague Marie Léger-St-Jean recounted the drama of corruption in Québec in her last blog post. The classic characters took the stage one after the other: puppets, harlequins, Artful Dodgers, Pierrots, and happier clowns. While her post was published yesterday, a new pathetic act was added : the police arrested the mayor…
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