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Sean Speer and Robert Asselin Release New Report on Canadian Competitiveness

April 5, 2019 | By |

The Public Policy Forum report is called “The New North Star: Canadian Competitiveness in an Intangibles Economy.”

Senior Fellows in Public Policy Sean Speer and Robert Asselin take a bi-partisan approach to write about the intangibles economy where intellectual property reigns over physical assets. They write:

“Our overarching view is that the rise of the intangible economy will have sweeping policy
implications that will become clearer over time. We recognize that something is anew. But we
are humble in our prescriptive abilities. Nobody knows for sure where this is heading.

The best Canada policy-makers can do is to (1) encourage policy-makers to stay focused on
Canada’s economic long-term competitiveness and avoid the pitfalls of short-termism and
polarization, (2) call for a broad-based and inclusive vision for competitiveness that avoids
the tendencies of exclusion and elitism, and (3) draw attention to the extent to which the rise
of the intangible economy will require that we adjust and augment conventional thinking about
economic competitiveness and the right policies to support it.”

Read the full report, “The New North Star: Canadian Competitiveness in an Intangibles Economy.”