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Feds want innovation, just not right now

By David Crane      

Canada needs to do much more on innovation. Other countries are moving. Under the Harper government, we were considered to be an ostrich on climate change. Will we be a tortoise on innovation under the Trudeau government?

Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on March 22 in the Commons foyer and shortly before releasing the 2017 budget in the House of Commons. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

TORONTO—If there is a core innovation message in the 2017 budget it is that we want and need a much more innovative Canada—but not right away. Increasing our capacity for innovation is critical for Canada’s future, as Finance Minister Bill Morneau said, over and over again, in his budget papers. So why not move on it?

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