Stop me if you’ve heard this story before: Canada is not sufficiently innovative, and part of the reason is that we don’t spend enough on research. It’s not that we don’t spend enough on *public* research; adjusted for GDP, we actually do above-average on that. What pulls us down is in international comparisons corporate R & D. Our narrow-minded, short-sighted, resource-obsessed business class spends far less on R&D than its equivalents in most other country, and that is what gives … [ Read More ]
Morning all. A long night last night at HESA Towers as we covered Budget 2017, which contained an exhaustingly large list of little programs (as well as a few big ones) affecting post-secondary institutions. You can find our full budget analysis here. My thanks to the HESA crew – Paul, Melonie, Johnathan and Jackie – for sticking it through the evening. Just a few thoughts, from very late last night: Budget 2017 is uneven: some parts are good, others not … [ Read More ]
So today is budget day. If the papers are anything to go by, there’s something big-ish in there about “skills” which will no doubt be presented as some massive benefit to the country’s middle class (and those trying to join it). I have difficulty imagining what might be announced since most skills policies are in the hands of the provinces. But what I do know is that skills policy is an area long overdue a makeover.
The labour force is … [ Read More ]
A few weeks ago I presented yet more evidence about why free tuition was mostly a subsidy for the rich and was unlikely, on its own, to do very much with respect to equalizing access (scroll through here and here if you really want to read me on this subject, though I imagine most of you are pretty familiar with my spiel by now). Someone asked me: “why don’t people like the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), the Canadian Association of … [ Read More ]
Last Tuesday, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau set the date for the federal budget for next Wednesday (March 22) and naturally people are wondering: what goodies are in store? Without being privy to any inside information, here’s my take on where we are going.
At the press conference announcing the budget date, Minister Morneau dropped some important hints. The biggest one is that, contrary to what had been heavily promoted for the past year, this budget will not be an … [ Read More ]