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Is Canada Really All That Bad At Innovation?: A Tale of Two Industries

  • Richard Hawkins
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    This commentary raises questions about the degree to which global innovation indicators enable us to understand the historical dynamics of innovation in Canada, and about future directions for Canadian innovation policy. By focusing on the automotive and telecommunications sectors, two currently troubled Canadian industries with completely different histories, some of the major successes and mistakes of Canadian industrial policy are assessed critically. The conclusion is that the innovation problem in Canada has less to do with capabilities or opportunities, than with recent tendencies not to follow through when ambitious innovation initiatives in specific industries could be transformed into new national "engines of growth".

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    Article provided by Centre for the Study of Living Standards in its journal International Productivity Monitor.

    Volume (Year): 18 (2009)
    Issue (Month): (Spring)
    Pages: 72-79

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    Handle: RePEc:sls:ipmsls:v:18:y:2009:5
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