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The growth of government in the 20th century and the importance of debating ideas

May 11, 2016

While putting my papers in order recently, I found the text of a speech I gave in December 2005, just a few days after resigning as vice-president of the Montreal Economic Institute to run as a candidate in the federal election that took place in the weeks thereafter. The event...

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Left-wing or right-wing?

May 11, 2016

20 July 2009

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Beware protectionism

May 11, 2016

Beware protectionism9 July 2009

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Is quantitative easing the solution to the crisis?

May 11, 2016

On April 28, 2009, the governor of the Bank of Canada, Mr Mark Carney, and the senior deputy governor, Mr Paul Jenkins, appeared before the Standing Committee on Finance, on which I sit, to discuss the Bank’s interventions in dealing with the economic crisis. I asked them a question on...

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How to react to the economic crisis?

May 11, 2016

On April 3, 2009, I was a panelist at the third Annual Student Conference on Business Research held at HEC Montreal on the topic of “The Financial Crisis: What’s Coming Tomorrow?”. This is the English translation of my presentation. It is a slightly modified version of the speech I gave...

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Is inflation a tax? A question to Mark Carney

May 11, 2016

On February 10, 2009, the governor of the Bank of Canada, Mr Mark Carney, appeared before the Standing Committee on Finance, on which I sit, to discuss the state of the economies of Canada and the rest of the world. I asked him a question on the nature of inflation...

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The causes and solutions to the economic crisis

May 11, 2016

On January 22, 2009, I was invited by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce to give a speech on the causes and solutions to the economic crisis.  -- 20 April 2009  

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Reflections on the economic crisis

May 11, 2016

On January 20, 2009, I was invited by the St-Georges Chamber of commerce to offer my reflections on the economic crisis. This is the English translation of my presentation, which you can also watch (in French) on this video. -- 18 April 2009  

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Spectrum: a crucial element for the telecom industry

May 11, 2016

On June 13, 2007, I again was invited to address the Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto as Industry minister. I reminded the audience of the reforms adopted over the preceding year and mostly discussed the reforms to come in the management of the frequency spectrum, a crucial element for the telecom industry....

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Professor Schultz’s take on my telecom reform

May 11, 2016

Professor Richard Schultz, who heads McGill University’s political science department, wrote a very interesting analysis of the reforms that I accomplished in the telecommunications sector as Canadian minister of Industry. This analysis makes up a chapter in the book How Ottawa Spends 2008-2009: A More Orderly Federalism? The Financial Post...

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