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Liberals have become overnight converts on innovation but Canada has been underinvesting in its future for too long

By David Crane      

How do we do respond successfully at a time of rapid technological change, intense global competition, the need to transition to a low-carbon economy, an aging world community, and a world that could add close to another two billion people over the next 40 years? If we want a successful society, we have to deal with these issues through innovation.

Much is riding on a new 14-member Advisory Council on Economic Growth, which has been charged by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, pictured left with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with charting a new innovation agenda. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

TORONTO—The Liberals talk so much about innovation these days, you would almost think they invented the word. But talk of innovation is not new. When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went to the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year, he talked of Canada as an innovation nation, which seemed to excite many people. Yet that is exactly the same message that then prime minister Jean Chrétien took to Davos 20 years earlier, in the mid-1990s, rejecting the

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