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Jasmin Guénette

Vice president of the Montreal Economic Institute

Jasmin Guénette is vice president of the Montreal Economic Institute. Formerly, he served as director of academic programs at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He is primarily interested in public policy matters in Quebec and Canada, and in the ideas of personal and economic freedom. He is the author of a book and of many articles published in various newspapers as well as by the MEI. Mr. Guénette also produced and directed filmmakers for the production of short documentaries for the MEI. He was designated as an ambassador of the Université du Québec à Montréal in recognition of his contribution to the development of that school. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Liberal Studies, a non-partisan educational organization that teaches students about the classical liberal foundations of Canadian society and the application of classical liberal ideas to current issues and challenges.
Let The Market Determine Tuition

Let The Market Determine Tuition Fees

Allowing universities to set their own rates will also send information into the marketplace. Prices are a source of information. They give a sense of the value and the reputation of specific products or services. They also provide information on the value of the brand. With such a system, universities in Quebec would do an even better job at creating an environment worth the investment in time and money.
06/12/2017 03:08 EDT
How Government Can Often Make The Environment

How Government Can Often Make The Environment Worse

Canadian firms spend billions of dollars each year to minimize the environmental and social effects of the manufacture and transport of their products. These investments include money spent on research and development, on building infrastructure and maintaining it, on making sure day-to-day processes are working well, and on complying with regulations.
05/19/2017 05:04 EDT
Al Gore's Predictions Of Doom Scramble His

Al Gore's Predictions Of Doom Scramble His Message

Like many doom-mongers before him, Al Gore's predictions of impending disaster have fallen somewhat short of the mark -- a point to keep in mind as his <em>Inconvenient Sequel</em> hits theatres this summer. Take it all with a grain of salt.
05/17/2017 03:24 EDT
Too Much Red Tape An Unnecessary Burden On

Too Much Red Tape An Unnecessary Burden On Canadians

Provinces should follow the lead of Manitoba, Quebec and British Columbia and reduce their needlessly heavy regulatory burdens. They should do so for the sake of all Canadians, from the owners of businesses large and small, on down to little girls who just want to run a lemonade stand without being harassed.
02/01/2017 05:01 EST
Canada Can Learn How To Legalize Pot From America's

Canada Can Learn How To Legalize Pot From America's Example

As the Canadian government prepares to introduce legislation next spring to legalize marijuana for recreational use, there are some useful lessons to be drawn from the experiments that have been taking place south of the border since 2012.
11/24/2016 02:39 EST
Is Free Trade With The U.S. In

Is Free Trade With The U.S. In Jeopardy?

After months of anti-trade rhetoric from the next American president, Donald Trump, Canada must ensure that our trade deals are respected, and push for even more free trade between our two countries. Free trade -- and NAFTA in particular -- has been so beneficial to both Canada and the U.S. that common sense will have to prevail.
11/14/2016 11:03 EST
Even With Low Interest Rates, Federal Deficits Are A

Even With Low Interest Rates, Federal Deficits Are A Concern

The federal deficit is rising, far beyond the $10 billion projected in the Liberal's election platform. The stated purpose of running $130 billion of deficits over five years is to stimulate the Canadian economy, whose prospects for growth are deteriorating.
11/04/2016 08:51 EDT
Private Options Could Only Make Canadian Health Care

Private Options Could Only Make Canadian Health Care Better

Provincial governments remain incapable of providing access to care within a reasonable timeframe, yet continue to maintain their monopoly over the provision of medical care. It's time for policy makers to make the changes required for Canada to have a universal and efficient health-care system.
09/09/2016 01:00 EDT
The Ridiculous Ways Quebec Discourages Airbnb Users Cross The

The Ridiculous Ways Quebec Discourages Airbnb Users Cross The Line

Housing spaces exist but are unused, and subletting platforms allow these resources to find takers. The methods being used to fight a phenomenon that is highly beneficial for society, and for people who are sometimes truly in need, are completely ridiculous.
08/18/2016 04:42 EDT
Canada Post's Unsustainable Monopoly Must Embrace

Canada Post's Unsustainable Monopoly Must Embrace Competition

Technological innovations may be reducing our reliance on old-fashioned mailing services, but the European experience shows that postal operators can adapt without forcing consumers to shoulder greater burdens. However, this is contingent on a process of liberalization, privatization and increased competition.
08/16/2016 01:47 EDT
Economic Benefits Of Hosting The Olympics Are Largely

Economic Benefits Of Hosting The Olympics Are Largely Overblown

The Olympic Games in Rio are about to open, and there is great cause for celebration. The Olympics were founded to foster harmony between nations and celebrate the achievements of individuals who devote their life to excellence in sports. However, the Olympics offer little cause for celebration on economic grounds.
08/04/2016 04:24 EDT
Quebec Budget Surplus: Time To Lower Taxes, Not Spend

Quebec Budget Surplus: Time To Lower Taxes, Not Spend More

The news came as a surprise: Quebec now has a budget surplus. This is good news for a province that writes most of its budget in red ink. While this surplus is cause for celebration, already many commentators have proposed that it be "re-invested." Re-investment, of course, is code for more spending.
07/19/2016 04:27 EDT