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 CBC Needs Direct Funding From Its Audience

(36) 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

(19) 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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Don't Believe the Alarmist Talk About Forests

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 1:21 PM

Should we be worried about the future of our forests? You might think so if you've come across one of several recent media stories citing a University of Maryland study prepared in collaboration with environmentalist groups like Greenpeace. According to this study, "Intact Forest Landscapes" are being "degraded"...

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Should Netflix Be Regulated as a Traditional Canadian Broadcaster?

(10) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 1:27 PM

For the past couple of days, the CRTC has been holding wide-ranging hearings on the future of Canadian television. The way the sector is regulated certainly needs revising. Rules pertaining to Canadian content, for example, were written years and decades ago when there was no such thing as watching videos,...

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Don't Let International Bureaucrats Control Canada's Tobacco Taxes

(5) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 1:20 PM

Taxing tobacco in order to reduce consumption might seem like a no-brainer at first glance--and the higher the better, some might say -- but it is problematic for a number of reasons.

For one thing, the case of Quebec provides a cautionary tale, as the prevalence of...

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One Solution to Illegal Immigration Problems in the US

(3) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 8:47 AM

Despite pledging in June to adopt regulation before the end of the summer limiting deportations for millions of illegal immigrants, Barack Obama announced last weekend that he was postponing a decision on this matter until after the mid-term elections. Once again, partisan politics is preventing the adoption of a solution...

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Quebecers Want to Fight Climate Change But Worry About the Bottom Line

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 5:28 PM

Quebecers want to fight climate change. But according to a new Léger Marketing poll, they're also concerned about the economic costs of doing so.

Of the 1,000 Quebecers who responded to the poll conducted in mid-August, 54 per cent were initially in favour of the Western Climate Initiative,...

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Keep Health Warnings Off Junk Food

(12) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 1:11 PM

In 2011 Russell Davies, head of planning at the advertising agency Ogilvy and Maher, made a bold prediction: governments, he said, instead of banning the sale of certain products outright, will gradually turn to prohibiting their advertisement.

His forecast was for the next 25 years. But...

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Tax Increases Don't Always Mean More Money for the Government - Even on Cigarettes

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 6:23 PM

Tax increases do not in each and every case lead to increases in government revenues. The "Laffer curve," named after economist Arthur Laffer, suggests that things are more complex because taxes affect the behaviour of taxpayers. When taxes on the consumption of a good are too high, you can get...

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Canada, Let's Tear Down These Trade Walls

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 12:46 AM

Ever wonder why some Canadian small businesses have a harder time selling their goods in the next province than they do in Europe? Or why a Quebecer can't order a bottle of wine from Niagara Falls without having to pay a ''kickback'' to Quebec's liquor monopoly?

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More Taxes Won't Fix Our Fiscal Mess

(12) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 1:26 PM

Not a day goes by without someone, somewhere, asking for politicians to levy another tax on a particular group -- ''the rich'', drivers, smokers, or taxpayers in general.

And with fiscal deficits crippling many provinces -- especially Ontario and Quebec -- brace yourself. You can count...

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What the Anti-Tobacco Groups Get Plain Wrong

(4) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 6:30 PM

Although cigarettes are without a doubt bad for your health, especially when consumed regularly, my small libertarian perspective on life has made me naturally skeptical of the anti-tobacco movement. But even if you don't share my live-and-let-live philosophy, there are some pragmatic and empirical arguments to be made against several...

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Businesses Need Protection Against Government Snooping Too

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 6:30 PM

Some people worry that certain companies have access to too much of our personal information, and they question the use those companies sometimes make of that data. Such worries should not be dismissed altogether, but objectively speaking, governments are by far the greater threat to our privacy, as recent spying...

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