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35-stop shopping—coming soon to a government near you
— March 2, 2018
If more innovation programs were all we needed to solve our innovation problems, they would have been solved a long time ago.
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Ottawa’s ‘innovation budget’ unlikely to spark innovation
Government-sponsored venture capital initiatives tend to underperform compared to initiatives funded by the private sector.
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Innovators needed for an innovative Canada
By reducing the rewards of investment and entrepreneurship, governments in Canada have discouraged the very activity they profess to encourage.
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Ottawa must deregulate to innovate, but we didn’t see that in the federal budget
President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress have begun to reform the U.S. regulatory system.
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William Watson: Trying to digest 159 ways to improve a country
— March 24, 2017
The federal budget reveals the wish lists of government departments.
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federal budget taxes
Ottawa spends $23 billion each year on innovation and skills training—with little sense of success
— March 14, 2017
The federal government is not properly measuring the effectiveness of 90 per cent of its spending on innovation and skills training.
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William Watson: Searching for small catastrophes
— March 3, 2017
Carefully thinking out regulation is a lot easier to do after the fact.
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Warning for Canada—government red tape burdens U.S. productivity
— May 30, 2016
Regulations are difficult to remove once implemented, as they create groups in society with vested interests in preserving regulations
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