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Economic Viewpoint

Quebec from 1960 to Today in Search of Prosperity (part 1)

December 3, 2018
François Dupuis, Vice-President and Chief Economist
Mathieu D’Anjou, Deputy Chief Economist • Joëlle Noreau, Senior Economist

For some, prosperity is a dream to be cherished; for others, it is a goal to achieve. For Quebec in the early 1960s, the search for prosperity was a driver, a motivation to take revenge on the dark years, an opportunity to prove all those who believed that Quebecers were “born to be poor.” This Economic Viewpoint will examine the internal and external factors, as well as the strengths and weaknesses that have influenced the development of Quebec’s economy from the beginning of the Quiet Revolution to today. It will help to understand how Quebec has changed and show that the province is equipped to respond to the challenges of this millennium. Still, the game hasn’t been won yet. When it comes to productivity, there are still a lot of points to score.