Annually since 2010, the Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ) has published Report Cards on Quebec Prosperity outlining the province’s main strengths and weaknesses. The purpose of this publication is not to make appraisals of measures undertaken by different governments but rather to identify opportunities and threats that should be brought to bear when developing policy. In the weeks leading up to the 2015 federal elections, the CPQ had published a federal prosperity report card, Report Card on Canadian Prosperity. It now returns to this exercise in the lead up to the 2019 elections. Rather than focusing on the outcomes of prosperity, the exercise focuses on its determinants, such as notably the availability of a qualified labour force, the competitiveness of the fiscal environment, and a business environment conducive to attracting investments. As such, the report card evaluates a set of eleven different socioeconomic indicators, each linked to a society’s level of prosperity.(1)
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- The data normally used in the provincial edition allows for comparisons between Québec and other provinces. In the federal edition, comparisons between Canada and other countries is not always feasible due to lack of comparable data (for instance, data on infrastructure or regulatory frameworks).