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The competitiveness of the canadian economy: the real issue in renegotiating NAFTA

September 11, 2018|

Montréal, September 11, 2018 – Thus far, negotiations to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have focussed mainly on trade disputes between Canada and the United States. But in fact, the concerns in […]

The decline in the standard of living remains a concern

February 26, 2018|

Montréal, February 26, 2018 – The Centre for Productivity and Prosperity – Walter J. Somers Foundation (CPP) today released its 2017 edition of Productivity and Prosperity in Quebec – Overview. In keeping with a tradition […]

15 years of declining productivity at Loto-Québec

December 4, 2017|

Montreal, December 4, 2017 – While Loto-Québec’s declining profitability is generally attributed to lower demand and efforts to ensure that gambling is marketed responsibly, an in-depth analysis of the provincial crown corporation’s performance points […]

2017 Municipal elections : A tool for comparing municipal spending

October 24, 2017|

Montréal, October 23, 2017 – At a time when Quebeckers are preparing to vote in municipal elections on November 5, the Centre for Productivity and Prosperity – Walter J. Somers Foundation (CPP) today released a […]

Payroll tax: An additional burden for Quebec workers

September 20, 2017|

Montréal, September 20, 2017 – Every year, the Quebec government collects large amounts of revenue from businesses through their contributions to the Health Services Fund (HSF). Better known as payroll tax, this fiscal tool is […]

Innovation : Solutions to adress Quebec’s lagging performance

March 20, 2017|

Montréal, March 20, 2017 – As the Quebec government prepares to launch a new strategy to stimulate innovation, the HEC Montréal Centre for Productivity and Prosperity – Walter J. Somers Foundation (CPP) has released a study […]

Productivity at the SAQ stagnant for nearly 30 years

November 14, 2016|

Montréal, November 14, 2016 – While the actual net profit of the Société des alcools du Québec is now 1.7 times higher than in 1989, productivity at the state-owned corporation has stagnated over the entire period. […]

Ten years after the municipal demergers: In the end, who is benefiting from the reform ?

October 3, 2016|

Montréal, October 3, 2016 – Ten years after the municipal demergers, what conclusions can be drawn regarding this reform imposed by the Quebec government? Has the creation of agglomerations benefited the reconstituted cities, or not? […]

Walter J. Somers Foundation joins forces with Centre for Productivity and Prosperity – HEC Montréal

September 27, 2016|

Montreal, Sept. 27, 2016 – The Walter J. Somers Foundation is pleased to announce a formal alliance with the Centre for Productivity and Prosperity – HEC Montréal. The centre will now be known as […]

Municipalities can control their spending

May 9, 2016|

Montréal, May 9, 2016 – Whereas the previous editions of the Quebec Municipalities Rankings showed a disturbing upward trend in municipal spending, the trend seems to have slowed in 2014, when the mayors who […]