TORONTO—The Trudeau government’s promise to deliver greater prosperity and opportunity for the middle class will depend crucially on its success in propelling Canada forward as a truly innovative nation. It’s why there’s an intense activity underway today to draft a new innovation agenda for the country. But it’s a big challenge. More than incremental improvement is needed. But what we are seeing is not encouraging. The World Economic Forum’s just published Global Competitiveness Index ranks Canada 15th overall.