A Conservative government would weaken Canadian innovation policy - 2019-10-14
Since Andrew Scheer was elected leader of the Conservative Party, a lot of attention has been paid to his positions on pipelines, taxation, the environment, immigration, abortion and LGBTQ rights — some of which are more well-defined than others.
Not much attention has been given, however, to his position on innovation and research and development — or R&D — an issue that's of crucial importance to Canada's economic future.
Scheer's position on innovation and R&D is one of non-intervention, as he shows no inclination or desire to invest in these activities. Nowhere in his platform are there policies to support scientific research in Canada's universities, nor are there policies to support innovation in high-tech industries such as biotechnology, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, digital technology and artificial intelligence.