Canadians convinced that science and technology hold the potential for unlocking the nation’s future prosperity and well being can be forgiven if they mistook Paul Martin for Santa Claus last week. On the very day that he took the reins of power, Martin unveiled a sack full of policy goodies and appointments, many S&T-related and all designed to leaving Canadians feeling good before the holidays.
Commercialization top priority
The freshly minted Paul Martin administration has burst out of the gates with the an initial outline of the government’s new structure, who the key players will be and the multifaceted role that S&T and innovation will play in strengthening the Canadian economy.
The man chosen to occupy the most powerful S&T position in the county says that enhancing commercialization and industrial innovation are the most pressing issues facing the new Liberal government. When Dr Arthur Carty assumes the job of national science advisor (NSA) on April 1, he plans to move quickly to advise prime minister Paul Martin on approaches to unlocking the nation’s growing reservoir of knowledge.
Dr Alan Cornford
Ripping the Cover Off Innovation – Part III
By Dr Alan B Cornford
In the first article of this series (R$, October 27/03) we exposed a few myths that surround innovation. The second part (R$, December 11/03) focussed almost exclusively on major influence drivers of “innovation capacity” – people and the private/public R&D ratio.
By Debbie Lawes
Science and commercialization have taken a quantum leap in political priority following the December 12 appointment of Joe Fontana to the newly created parliamentary secretary for Science & Small Business — one of three beefed up secretarial positions reporting directly to prime minister Paul Martin.
Federal expenditures on S&T are slated to increase 6.8% in FY03-04 to $8.5 billion, a respectable rate of growth compared to the year before but far less than the impressive 21.8% increase between FY00-01 and FY01-02.