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Hawkins Paper Discusses Innovation In Canada, March 2012

This discussion paper argues that it is not productive to think about Canada’s national innovation performance as a kind of statistical horserace with other countries. Instead, it proposes that it is time to reconvene the kind of alliance between industry, government and the academy that originally promoted the idea of enhancing public welfare by investing in innovation. It recommends that Canadians reconsider the terms of reference for this debate in the specific context of our own industrial history and composition.