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Policy Briefing: Innovation
Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, left, pictured on Oct. 18, 2016, with the Business Council of Canada's John Manley at the Public Policy Forum's Innovation and Canada Growth Summit. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Jobs, skills, and learning in the age of self-driving cars

Opinion|Navdeep Bains
Our government is open to new ways to support industry-led research and development that better reflect technology-driven innovations happening in all parts of the economy.
Hubs that bring together academia, private sector, and government are ‘a long-term petri dish,’ for skills needed to boost growth, says one academic.
They will work if they put great Canadian products on the front shelf.
It looks like the feds want Quebec to be like Ontario, whose economy relies on local branches of foreign multinational corporations. But that’s not who we are.
Canada should give biopharmaceutical firms patent term extensions to recover time lost due to mandatory regulatory and marketing approvals.
The Liberal government wants to improve access to co-ops, internships, and work-integrated learning opportunities to better prepare Canadians to compete in a changing workforce, says Minister Bains.
Opinion|Paul Dufour
The National Research Council is responsible for a good deal of Canada’s nation-building legacy.
Opinion|David Crane
The Trudeau government’s promise to strengthen the middle class will ultimately depend on improved productivity performance, not tax cuts for the middle class.
Feature|Chelsea Nash
What the industry critics and experts have to say about Canadian innovation.
'We have a wonderful opportunity right now, given what’s going on in Europe and given what’s going on south of the border.'
'Innovation is really important because it’s about being open to people, it’s about being open to ideas, open to trade and investment,' says Bains.
The Conservative innovation critic warns, though, 'companies can't rely on government as their customers.'
Without a good economic climate, where companies can afford to get their products to market, create new jobs, and keep current ones, there will be no new ideas.

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