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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For A Freer Press, Add Economic Freedom

(4) Comments | Posted May 2, 2017 | 9:13 AM

A free press is one of the bulwarks of a modern, democratic society. Thomas Jefferson himself famously preferred newspapers without a government to government without newspapers.

Yet there is an underappreciated link between freedom of the press, on the one hand, and economic freedom, on the other. On the occasion...

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Explaining The Concept Of Consumer Surplus

(4) Comments | Posted April 6, 2017 | 11:28 AM

A large majority of people do not smoke, or no longer smoke, and tend to accept certain bits of conventional wisdom without question. Smoking tobacco being harmful to one's health, smokers therefore need to be protected--even those who would choose to, say, patronize their own smoking restaurants and bars. And...

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Meet The Powerful Conservative Think Tank Behind Trump's America

(6) Comments | Posted December 21, 2016 | 3:09 PM

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James Carafano of the Heritage Foundation gestures as he testifies during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill March 2, 2006 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Whether people like or dislike U.S. president-elect Donald J. Trump, few would...

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Airport Privatization Is About To Take Off In Canada

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2016 | 2:35 PM

Airport privatization has recently become a hot topic. However, since the federal government asked Credit Suisse AG, a top investment bank, to analyze several privatization options, concerns have been raised by managers of Canada's airports.

According to Mark Laroche and Craig Richmond, respectively head of the

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Privatizing Canadian Airports Will Be A Boon For Travellers

(4) Comments | Posted October 24, 2016 | 2:41 PM

The federal government seems to be seriously considering the privatization of Canada's major airports. It has asked Credit Suisse AG, a top investment bank, to analyze several privatization options. This would be good news indeed for the Canadian air travel industry, and ultimately for Canadian travellers.

A form...

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It's Time To Embrace Green Innovation (Wherever It Emerges)

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2016 | 7:13 AM

With the leaders of Canada, the United States, and Mexico having just committed to a North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership, the issue of climate change is back in the news. Specifically, the agreement sets a continent-wide target of 50% clean power generation by 2025, to...

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Driving Ridesharing Out Of Quebec

(32) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 11:48 AM

While the city of Toronto passes rules to make it easy for ride-sharing companies to operate legally, the province of Quebec is set to make it so difficult that it chases those companies away.

Last Tuesday, Toronto city council approved regulations that will allow Uber drivers to operate with few...

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I Don't Care About Oil

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 5:27 PM

My MEI colleagues and I have signed, in recent years, a number of texts explaining among other things the merits of oil and gas development in Canada, and of transporting oil by pipeline.

This is enough for some to accuse us of being a part of the "oil lobby."


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Denmark: Not As Socialist (Nor As Successful) As You Think

(26) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 9:21 AM

Bernie Sanders would like the United States to model itself after Denmark. Not the real Denmark, mind you, but a romanticized version of what its government does, and of how well it does it.

As Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen himself put it, in reaction to this fictionalized vision...

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This Is How Police Services Can Do More With Less

(3) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 6:55 AM

Governments, including municipalities, have been desperately searching for ways to balance their budgets for many years. "We have to do more with less," we sometimes hear, although this is often no more than an empty slogan. But there are areas where it really is possible to do more...

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The Boreal Caribou Recovery Plan Will Cut Forestry Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 1:24 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 | 5:48 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 | 6:09 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 | 8:05 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

(10) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 5:04 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 | 12:21 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

(97) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 12:29 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

(30) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 12:37 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 | 5:48 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 | 1:27 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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