/R E P E A T/ - 11 ideas for creating wealth in Quebec

    MONTREAL, Jan. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montreal Economic Institute is
presenting Quebecers with 11 ideas for bringing in new wealth-creating
solutions and resolving ongoing problems. These proposals can be applied over
the next one to five years and are being discussed in the pages of Le Journal
de Montréal starting Saturday, January 12. The full texts will be put on the
Institute's website (WWW.IEDM.ORG) and on Canoe.
    The Institute's economists are prepared to debate them in any forum.

    Here is a summary of these ideas:

    - 40 hours a week: let doctors work also in the private sector after
      40 hours of public service.
    - 25: create 25 "performance schools" with 1,000 super-teachers to combat
      dropping out.
    - 3-way split: share the savings achieved by public tenders.
    - 1 week a month: the contribution by recipients of social assistance to
      their communities.
    - 40%: raise university tuition fees in proportion to the cost of
    - $800: the annual per-family spin-off of a one-cent rise in the heritage
      price of electricity.
    - 50-50: for performance-based salaries in the public service.
    - 67 years old: raise the normal retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2017.
    - 0%: abolish the capital tax immediately.
    - 100 billion: authorize the export of 100 billion cubic metres of water.
    - 2-2: raise the Quebec sales tax by two points and reduce income tax by
      $2 billion.

    The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan,
non-profit body that takes part in public policy debate in Quebec and across
Canada, offering wealth creation solutions on matters of taxation, regulation,
and reform of health and education systems. Its publications since 2000 have
included the Report Card on Quebec's Secondary Schools. In 2004 it won a
Templeton Freedom Award for Institute Excellence for the quality of its
management and public relations.

For further information:

For further information: and interview requests: André Valiquette,
Director of Communications, Montreal Economic Institute, (514) 273-0969 ext.
2225, Cell: (514) 574-0969, avaliquette@iedm.org

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