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Canada’s economic future depends on Trudeau government’s innovation strategy

By David Crane      

There’s no question the Trudeau government has opened the spending taps. While the federal government’s initiatives are certain to have some positive benefit for Canada’s innovation capacity, whether they will go far in closing our innovation gap with the world’s leading innovation nations is another question.

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, in launching the government’s innovation agenda, declared we don’t need any more studies. He was dead wrong, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—Canada’s economic future depends on our success at becoming much better at innovation, which is why the Trudeau government’s innovation strategy is so important. The question is whether it will be more successful than efforts of previous governments since this is not a new challenge. Remember the Mulroney government’s Prosperity Initiative, the Chrétien government’s Innovation Agenda and the Harper government’s Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada’s Advantage?

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