Public Policy

Taxing the rich : an inconvenient truth

August 27, 2020|

Now that the pandemic has pushed public spending to record levels, governments will undoubtedly be looking for more revenue to pay down some of their deficits. The temptation to ask the wealthiest taxpayers to […]

Intergenerational equity in Quebec : faulty workings

March 5, 2020|

A few days before the 2020–2021 budget is tabled, expectations of the Quebec government are high. After posting the largest budget surplus in its history last year, and on its way to reaching its […]

After stagnating for some 30 years, productivity at the SAQ finally increases !

January 29, 2020|

Not only has the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) improved its productivity since 2016, but the gains it has made have allowed it to maintain the real value of the dividend it pays […]

Federal Budgetary Deficits: Analysis

January 15, 2020|

While the federal government’s wager has paid off so far, as it accumulates budgetary deficits to stimulate growth in the Canadian economy, it would be risky to pursue this strategy in the coming years. […]

Industry 4.0 : boosting manufacturing activity in Quebec

September 10, 2019|

Despite the billions that the Quebec government has invested over the past ten years in accelerating the transition to digital technology, manufacturers still haven’t made the shift to Industry 4.0. That is the main conclusion […]

Privatizing canadian airports: a bad idea?

February 21, 2019|

Montréal, February 21, 2019 – The Trudeau government has been considering privatizing the eight largest airports in the national network since a report was tabled on the future of transportation in Canada, but the idea […]

Productivity in the Quebec Public Sector – Hydro-Québec

January 21, 2019|

After evaluating the performance of the Société des alcools du Québec and of Loto-Québec, the Centre for Productivity and Prosperity – Walter J. Somers Foundation (CPP) has now released the third part of a trilogy examining […]

The Evolving Comparative Competitiveness of Canadian and American Industries

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 headlines may be […]

15 years of declining productivity at Loto-Québec

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 to a productivity issue. This […]

2017 Municipal elections : A tool for comparing municipal spending

October 24, 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 study profiling the outgoing […]