Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tories just don't get the new economy

My entry for the YLC Positive Politics Challenge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MevlKbbGzdM

Both these articles have a common theme: http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1607280&p=1 and http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/todays-paper/Tory+arts+funding+sparks+criticism+frustration/1608318/story.htm

The Harper government being anti-science and anti-arts shouldn't surprise anyone at this point, but with this two articles comes a re-affirmation that Harper and the Conservatives are out of touch with how these and other aspects of the new, knowledge economy will help get Canada out of the recession. In Harper's World, artists and scientists are lazy elitists and geeks, sucking at the federal teet. In the real world, both the arts and sciences are things which put Canada on the map globally far more than Harper's identikit Bushian foreign policy and economic mismanagement. A Liberal government must and will recognize the importance and need of the knowledge economy as part of an overarching plan to protect the livelihood of our citizens, and get Canada working.

1 comment:

wilson said...

STIC Releases Landmark Report on Canada’s Innovation System

...Canadian research is of high quality and Canada’s university R&D funding ranks near the top but discoveries are not being sufficiently transformed into products and services.
In terms of University R&D as a share of GDP, Canada was second only to Sweden in the OECD. (page 30)

Canadian research is highly cited, and research in clinical medicine, chemistry,
biomedical research and physics is of particularly high quality. (page 32)

A 2008-09 World Economic Forum survey of executives ranks the quality of Canadian scientific research institutions such as universities and government research labs as fourth in the world, and ahead of every G-7 country except the US. (page 34)

There is a comparatively high level of cross-sectoral research funding in Canada; Canada ranks fourth out of 30 OECD countries in the share of all business-financed R&D that is performed by universities. (page 35)