Michel Kelly-Gagnon
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After having been head of the Montreal Economic Institute from 1999 to 2006, Michel Kelly-Gagnon was president of the Quebec Employers Council until January 2009.

He graduated in law from the Université de Montréal. Early in his career he practiced law with Colas & Associates in Montreal, and then went into business as an associate of Formatrad, a company specializing in employee training.

Mr. Kelly-Gagnon is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He is president of the advisory committee of Global Ressources Humaines, a consulting firm specializing in human resources management and job placement. From 2006 to 2009, he served on the board of directors of Quebec Workers Compensation Board (CSST), a paragovernmental organization with an annual budget of over two billion dollars.
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The Boreal Caribou Recovery Plan Will Cut Forestry Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 2:24 PM

If you live on the North Shore, there's a good chance that you're a forestry worker or that a family member, friend, or neighbour of yours works in the industry. The same is true if you're in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Northern Quebec, Gaspé, Mauricie, or Abitibi-Témiscamingue regions.


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High Taxes Have Created Brain Drain in France

(5) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 6:48 PM

France, with its Eiffel tower, its cafés, its castles and its history, sounds like an idyllic dream. Yet French youths are leaving their country in droves. The number of French expatriates has increased 27.5 per cent since 2006, to reach 204,000 in 2013. A poll reveals that 55...

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It's Time to Reduce Taxes on Mutual Funds

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 7:09 PM

Laws and regulations follow each other in such quick succession that we rarely take the time to think about the inequitable and unfair situations that can result from their accumulation.

As one of my colleagues recently pointed out, the taxation of mutual funds is a case in point....

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The Economic Case Against Leg Room Being a 'Human Right'

(12) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 9:05 AM

I almost spit out my coffee the other morning when I stumbled upon this piece by a fellow named Christopher Elliott. In it, he argued that having enough room for your legs on an airplane should be a "human right."

I'm not kidding. You can read the...

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Plain Tobacco Packaging Targets the Basic Rights of Businesses

(11) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 6:04 PM

With public hearings underway in Quebec on Bill 44 -- which aims to bolster tobacco control in this province -- various groups are making their displeasure known. There are, among others, bar owners who find the law too severe, while others on the contrary want the government to

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Shale Gas Opponents Are Committed to the Unrealizable Goal of Zero Risk

(9) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 1:21 PM

Shale gas development has come under a lot of fire in recent years, leading to moratoriums in a number of jurisdictions in North America, including Quebec, New Brunswick, New York, and most recently Maryland. As my colleagues explained in an Economic Note entitled "Some Overlooked Voices in the...

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We Should Transport as Much Oil as We Can by Pipeline

(135) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 1:29 PM

TransCanada's Energy East pipeline project to move western oil to eastern Canada continues to face opposition from various groups. Most recently, a self-described alliance of environmental, community, and religious groups calling itself the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition released a report claiming that the project would threaten Manitobans' drinking...

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Quebec Should Ditch Wind Power Subsidies and Go for Oil

(37) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 1:37 PM

Can the Quebec government afford to pass up $1.7 billion a year? Not with a public debt that will soon hit $275 billion, it can't.

The recently tabled budget may have been a step in the right direction, but we still have a ways to go before...

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Will the Government Eliminate Capital Gains Tax?

(41) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 6:48 PM

By doubling the maximum contribution for a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA), which would therefore jump to $11,000 a year according to rumours surrounding next Tuesday's budget, the federal government is doing more than just encourage saving; it's taking a step toward the de facto elimination of the capital...

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Taxing Netflix Is Not the Only Way to Level the Digital Playing Field

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 2:27 PM

The CRTC decided last week not to impose a "Netflix tax" on foreign online broadcasters for the purposes of supporting the creation of Canadian content -- at least for now. Instead, it announced a drastic relaxation of the quotas that require broadcasters to fill a certain number of hours each...

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Blocking Pipeline Projects Will Mean More Oil Train Derailments

(70) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 10:07 AM

Is Keystone XL dead following the US Senate's failure, on Wednesday, March 4, to override President Obama's veto of legislation approving the oil pipeline? Not quite, although it's fair to say that it may be on life support. With 62 votes in favour, the legislative body was just...

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The CBC Needs Direct Funding From Its Audience

(26) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 9:33 AM

What does the future hold for our national broadcaster, which provides taxpayer-supported radio and television programming to Canadians across the country? Will CBC/Radio-Canada disappear if the federal government cuts public funding again in its upcoming budget and continues to cut in subsequent budgets?

That seems to be the concern motivating...

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Why Performance Pay Beats Unions

(18) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 8:57 AM

We tend to take it for granted that the presence of a union will lead employers to pay higher wages. In fact, this is not necessarily the case. When does unionizing lead to lower average wages? When it drives away the most productive--and highly-paid--workers.

A new study from...

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The Financial Move That Will Keep the Police Focused on Policing

(8) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 12:59 PM

Crime rates in Canada have been falling for 25 years, but the costs of policing just keep on rising. Admittedly, crime rates have likely been falling in part because we're spending more -- especially when that extra spending means more officers on the streets. But part of the cost increases...

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A Few Points About Quebec's Debt

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 6:03 PM

As 2014 drew to a close, one issue that was rearing its ugly head again was provincial government debt. On December 19, Fitch Ratings downgraded Ontario's debt, cutting its rating on Ontario bonds from double-A to double-A-negative and expressing "concern" that Ontario's deficit is going up for the...

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What the Arab Spring Taught Us About the Right to Earn a Living

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 5:42 PM

Things seem to be looking up for the small North African nation of Tunisia. The Arab Spring ignited there four years ago when a desperate street vendor set himself on fire has been a brutal disappointment in most countries, but Tunisia itself is an exception. In 2014, it adopted a...

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Want an Ad-Free Internet Experience? Pay for it

(9) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 6:05 PM

While you're reading this blog post, Google is conducting an experiment that could revolutionize the online advertisement business... Or, at least, will force some of you to put their money where their mouth is.

We often forget about it, but today's Internet is mostly funded by advertising. Like hundreds of...

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Subsidizing Electric Cars Is a Waste of Money

(15) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 1:00 PM

There's no doubt that electric cars are hot. From the beginning of 2012 to the beginning of 2014, the number of them on the road around the world quadrupled from 100,000 to 400,000.

This impressive growth is mostly due to the substantial subsidies offered by various governments, supposedly in an...

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Why CRTC's New Wireless Contract Rules Actually Give Us Less Freedom

(6) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 1:14 PM

Do Canadians pay too much for wireless telephone service? As my colleagues have recently pointed out, Canadian prices are higher than some, but lower than others. And in many countries with lower prices, investment in the latest technologies has lagged, whereas Canadians enjoy some of the fastest, most...

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Most of Latin America Has Adopted Democracy. Will Cuba?

(22) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 1:06 PM

Mario Vargas Llosa is one of the greatest writers of our time, whose collection of novels earned him the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature.

He's also someone with the curiosity and the intellectual courage to change his mind when faced with evidence that contradicts his beliefs, as detailed in a...

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