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Policy Briefing: Innovation Policy Briefing
If the public administration is to be expected to effectively deliver on innovation policy, public servants themselves need to be given more options and incentives to learn about business innovation first-hand, writes Mark Robbins. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Better innovation policy means investing in the public administration

Opinion|Mark Robbins
With a wider recognition that a more permeable public administration is a tangible and realistic way to get better innovation policies and programs to Canadians, a public service that can be a true partner for innovators might not be so far away.
We are not suggesting grand strategizing—rather we first encourage governments to recognize and embrace disruption as an emergent-phenomena and make adaptation an important part of the conversation.
Opinion|Norah McRae
If we take these steps together, we will not only prosper, we will continue to be respected as a place that is smart, responsible, and forward-looking.
'It's important because of the regulatory side, but politically, it's becoming more important because it can be used as a tool for political gain,' said Jake Enwright.
We need a whole new direction. Let’s wind up all the innovation corporate welfare programs and return their budget allocations to deficit reduction or basic research funding.
The Conference Board of Canada’s latest Innovation Report Card gives Canada a 'C' grade and ranks it 12th among 16 international peers.
A new social contract can reinvigorate the support for science and innovation, deliver more closely what Canadians want, and ensure science and innovation are at the heart of our efforts to confront climate change and other challenges while capitalizing on emerging opportunities.
Good innovation policy isn’t easy, but the economic and environmental challenges we face demand action, and lessons from recent experience can guide the way for a government ready to lead.

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