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Canada’s No. 1 economic challenge is improving our productivity performance

By David Crane       

If we recognized as a country that the only way we can meet our future needs is through innovation-led productivity growth, then we would be on the right track. But we are not there yet.

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, pictured on May 7, 2018, at an event on the Hill. Despite some great accomplishments by individual Canadian researchers and a small handful of companies, Canada is far from reaching that superstar status and wishing won‘t get us there, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

TORONTO—What if the federal government had to cut back spending on health care, with provincial cutbacks to follow, forcing Canadians to pay a user fee for medical services? Or if governments found they had to stall needed infrastructure spending and support for education for lack of money?

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