Atlantic Economic Journal

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 101–119 | Cite as

Electricity in Quebec before Nationalization, 1919 to 1939

  • Vincent Geloso
  • Germain Belzile


History books tend to depict the early days of the electrical industry as one of monopoly where consumers were being gouged. The province of Quebec in Canada was no exception. With the use of wide-ranging data over time, we observe a different portrait: electrical firms in Quebec increased production faster than elsewhere while prices fell consistently. The main reason for this divergence between facts and history books is most likely the choice of comparing Quebec’s private industry with Ontario’s nationalized industry, which priced electricity at the average cost.


Electricity Canadian economic history Monopoly 


D40 L10 N72 



Acknowledgements go to Alexandra Foucher, Mike Guetta, Robert Rogers and Art Carden, Jean-Thomas Bernard, Herbert Emery, Edward Stringham, Pierre Desrochers, Michael Giberson, Gérard Bélanger and the participants of the research seminar at Texas Tech University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Texas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA
  2. 2.HEC MontréalMontréalCanada

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