By Amit Chakma. Contrary to some of the predictable commentary before and after the latest federal budget was brought down earlier this month, it was hardly a “do-nothing” plan. Indeed, only after the initial coverage had faded did it become clear that Budget 2014 had taken some very important steps that were overlooked at the time: Canada is finally getting serious about innovation.
With its $1.5-billion commitment to establish a Canada First Research Excellence Fund, the government — and university leaders who advocated for it — is signaling that our country’s brightest minds will be more strongly supported to excel at knowledge creation. More...