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La performance économique du Québec : constats et défis (IV)

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  • Marcel Boyer

I characterize the performance of the Québec economy over the last quarter century: 1981-2007. Many indicators are presented: GDP, GDP per capita, population, job creation, employment rates, average weekly earnings, private investments, exports, debt, R&D. In spite of some strong sectors, the global economic performance of Québec has been significantly lower than that of the rest of Canada and the United States. Many challenges are confronting us. We are in a certain sense condemned to be more efficient and more innovative than our main competitors and partners in order to reverse the current trend towards marginality. We need a new quiet revolution capable of both reaffirming the social-democratic goals and principles that have become synonymous with modern Québec and emerging from a radically different set of ways, means and policies, that is, a new quiet revolution to implement a competitive social-democracy. Je caractérise dans ce rapport la performance économique du Québec de 1981 à 2007 (26 ans). Plusieurs indicateurs sont présentés : PIB, PIB par habitant, population, création d'emplois, taux d'emploi, rémunération hebdomadaire moyenne, investissements privés, exportations, dette et R&D. Malgré la présence de secteurs en plein développement, la performance économique globale du Québec traîne dangereusement derrière celle du reste du Canada et des États-Unis. Plusieurs défis doivent être relevés. Nous sommes d'une certaine manière condamnés à être plus efficaces et plus innovateurs que nos principaux concurrents et partenaires afin de renverser la tendance actuelle vers la marginalité. Nous avons besoin d'une véritable nouvelle révolution tranquille incarnant les mêmes principes sociaux-démocrates que ceux qui ont présidé à l'avènement du Québec moderne mais s'appuyant sur des moyens, modalités et politiques radicalement différents, c'est-à-dire une nouvelle révolution tranquille pour implémenter une social-démocratie concurrentielle.

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Paper provided by CIRANO in its series CIRANO Working Papers with number 2008s-29.

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Length: 101 pages
Date of creation: 01 Nov 2008
Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2008s-29
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