How should pro-market types view the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s three-table, 1,200-word “report” on Ottawa’s failure to launch its “Innovation Superclusters Initiative (ISI),” which it announced to great fanfare — i.e., normal fanfare for this hype-addicted government — in 2018? The same way modern scientists regard medieval alchemists’s efforts to turn lead into gold. You admire people’s ambition in striving for the impossible but on balance the less money and time spent on it, the better.
By supporting what it deems five key technologies that just happen to be centred in five key areas of the country, the federal government is trying to: encourage innovation, spur GDP growth, “create” jobs and spread the knowledge economy more evenly across the Canadian land mass. These are all worthy ends — even if some Canadians dislike GDP, others hail the end of work, and almost all of us understand that the charm of much of our land mass is the absence on it of the knowledge or any other kind of economy.
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