Quebec’s ailing health-care system

More than 20 per cent of Quebecers currently don’t have a family doctor

Quebec’s ailing health-care systemBy Krystle Wittevrongel and Maria Lily Shaw Quebec’s health-care system is suffering from poor accessibility. More than 20 per cent of Quebecers currently don’t have a family doctor. The overcrowding of hospital emergency wards and the long wait times that result are also notorious. A key to improving the health system’s capacity is to address…

Subsidizing public childcare centres is the wrong approach

Subsidize parents instead

Subsidizing public childcare centres is the wrong approachIn order to increase access to daycare services, the Quebec government recently announced the creation of 14,000 new subsidized daycare spaces over the next two years. But with 51,000 children on the waiting list for subsidized child care, there is not a single space available. And despite the government's good intentions, even this modest increase…

Why Jean Charest’s new political identity doesn’t fly

The Conservative leadership hopeful is attempting to rewrite history

Why Jean Charest’s new political identity doesn’t flyJean Charest joined the federal Conservative leadership race on Mar. 10. His campaign team immediately began to tout his experience as a former Progressive Conservative leader and cabinet minister, and former Quebec Liberal premier. That’s a predictable strategy. What’s also predictable is that Charest and his team initiated the long, arduous process of attempting to…

A recipe for successful health care reform

Dragging Quebec’s health care system into the 21st century

A recipe for successful health care reformCalls for substantial health care reform have been ringing across the province of Quebec. It’s time to answer those calls and transform our monopolistic health care system into a mixed, universal system that embraces the value of parallel resources to improve both access and quality of care for patients. The good news is these solutions…

What holds Canada together?

It certainly isn't any sense of national purpose

What holds Canada together?As long as I’ve been following politics (which is almost as long as I’ve been alive), the question of what defines Canada has provided unsatisfying answers. Polls typically tell us that some combination of the Charter of Rights, our health care system, and the fact that we are not American top the list. Canadians generally…

Taxing the unvaccinated takes us down a slippery slope

What's next? A tax on fat people?

Taxing the unvaccinated takes us down a slippery slopeOur patience is running thin as we plod through yet another wave of COVID-19. We’re starting to get annoyed at political and medical leaders, who we loved and trusted at the beginning of the pandemic – and only because they haven’t got us through it yet. Deep down, we know that everyone is doing the…

Quebec needs to defang its repressive Bill 96

A sensible government would immediately recognize that it is playing with fire

Quebec needs to defang its repressive Bill 96On October 15, I penned an opinion piece on Bill 96. It remains clear to me that this bill needlessly sows confusion regarding the eligibility of hundreds of thousands of anglophone Quebecers to receive health care in English, and would also prove a major hindrance to Quebec companies seeking to tap into the vast potential…

Oil and gas extraction sector contributes $53B to federal finances

Much of Alberta's revenues end up in provinces such as Quebec via federal transfers

Oil and gas extraction sector contributes $53B to federal financesBy Mark Milke and Lennie Kaplan Canadian Energy Centre Nearly 62 per cent of Alberta voters endorsed removing equalization from the Constitution in a recent referendum. Constitutional scholar Ted Morton, a former Alberta finance minister, argues that the province has leverage to force the issue. Others argue that equalization has a weak constitutional status, which…

Ban on hydrocarbons: Quebec is asleep at the well

Quebec turning itself into an object of international ridicule

Ban on hydrocarbons: Quebec is asleep at the wellJust as the world is suffering through a natural gas shortage and prices are soaring, Quebec is thumbing its nose at the chance to become a leader when it comes to locally produced energy. Against all economic and even environmental logic, the Quebec government recently decided to definitively ban fossil fuel exploration and development in…

Quebec’s Bill 96 will have many economic consequences

Quebec companies that do business abroad will have an incentive to base some of their more vital operations outside the province

Quebec’s Bill 96 will have many economic consequencesRepresenting barely two per cent of the North American population, Quebecers have always had good reason to feel sensitive when it comes to the vitality of French. Concerns about linguistic and cultural assimilation have led to several waves of government intervention aiming to protect the language of Molière. Bill 96 is only the latest manifestation…

Policy uncertainty continues to hurt Canada’s mining industry

To attract the investment required to develop resources, mitigating the risks of policy uncertainly needs to be a top priority

Policy uncertainty continues to hurt Canada’s mining industryBy Jairo Yunis and Elmira Aliakbari The Fraser Institute The COVID recession has hurt Canada’s natural resources sector, with supply disruptions, commodity price declines and greater uncertainty regarding future demand. Not surprisingly, capital investment in the Canadian mining industry has dropped to its lowest level since 2009. Of course, business investment should be a key…

The compelling case against universal child care

The Quebec system offers an opportunity to dive deeply into outcomes. The results aren’t promising for children

The compelling case against universal child careAdvocates of state-run child care saw opportunity in the COVID-19 crisis. It’s an old idea but not a great one. Working parents returned home to care for their children, some able to continue paid work from home and others not. As a result, calls for universal child care grew louder than they had for 15…

Lockdown hysteria defies COVID-19 reality

Given that infections don’t by a long shot equal hospitalizations, civil libertarians are rightly sounding warning bells

Lockdown hysteria defies COVID-19 realityOn Sept. 18, Israel became the first developed country to launch a second COVID-19 lockdown. It came four months after the first lockdown – instituted in March – ended. How Israeli citizens have reacted to the unsustainable nature of renewed lockdowns is instructive for the Canadian jurisdictions that have increased a rhetoric of fear about…

The HORROR! COVID-19 diagnosis could save Trump’s campaign

The entire Democratic Party strategy – to make the election a referendum on Trump – now lays on the floor, discarded

The HORROR! COVID-19 diagnosis could save Trump’s campaignIn another October, in another democratic contest, a man’s disability – a man’s health – almost changed everything. In October 1995, Quebec was voting in a second referendum on independence. The federalist side had been winning – until Quebec’s separatist premier passed control of the campaign to the younger and more popular leader of the…