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Canada’s government needs to think harder about our aging society

By David Crane      

The Canadian government has cut away much of its capability to plan for big, long-term problems, unlike its counterpart in the U.K.

Mona Nemer was named the government's new chief scientist back in 2017. She hasn't been given the mandate or the budget to undertake big, forward-looking studies that could help Canada avoid crises down the road, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO— In my column last week I argued that Canada was an under-performer, that we lack the ambition and strategies to realize our full potential. A key reason is a lack of serious and far-seeing vision and leadership in both our private and public sectors: our top business executives, politicians and senior civil servants do not think big. 

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