William Watson: Searching for small catastrophes

My Financial Post column this week was prompted by David Akin’s National Post story last weekend about Peter Nicholson’s article in the November 2016 special issue of Canadian Public Policy on Big Ideas for Sustainable Prosperity: Policy Innovation for Greening Growth. (Did that sentence just set a Fraser Blog record for most hyperlinks in a lead sentence?)Peter Nicholson is a modern renaissance man—computer scientist, operations research PhD, economist, corporate strategist, academician, policy adviser to Paul Martin—who has thought about Canadian economic growth for several decades now. His CPP article argues that Ottawa’s now century-old attempt to engineer an innovation economy

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