Canada is wrestling with both an infrastructure gap, after years of underinvestment, and an innovation gap from poor innovation performance in the business sector over many years. Improving both is essential to improve our fundamental economic prospects.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau, in his fiscal update, announced that 'cities across Canada will be invited to develop Smart Cities Plans together with local government, citizens, businesses and civil society' for the 'implementation of clean, digitally connected technology including greener buildings, smart roads and advanced energy systems, and advanced digital connectivity for homes and businesses.'
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TORONTO—The Trudeau government’s promise of a Smart City Challenge next year, with strong support from the Canadian Council on Public-Private Partnerships, should also be seen as an important way to advance Ottawa’s promised innovation agenda.
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Liberal MP Steve MacKinnon, who spoke for all but one Liberal on the committee, says a comprehensive account on the affair is already in the public record, pointing to 13 hours of committee testimony and the commissioner