Posts Tagged ‘Bernard Courtois’

Getting Down to Business: Building Canada 3.0

June 10, 2009

By the end of the second day of the Canada 3.0 conference in Stratford, we were all channeling Buffalo Springfield —”there’s something happening here.” Ian Wilson, the freshly minted executive director of the Stratford Institute for Digital Media and Global Business observed, “This is so much more than just another conference.” 

Conference moderator Ken Coates, Dean of Arts for Waterloo University tapped the emotional chord best by pointing out how at it’s conception, the conference expected to host 300 delegates and then ended up with over 1100 delegates from industry, academe and government — together, calling for a digital strategy for Canada and laying the foundation to get there.

“The important thing about this was who showed up,” Ken said. “We all came together to start something important … now lets get on with it!” (more…)


The Case for Harmonization

June 9, 2009

Challenging times impose their particular burdens on our political leaders. When hard work, ingenuity and perseverance aren’t enough to bring us prosperity, we turn our gaze to them in the expectation that their choices will improve our well-being. And every once in a while we are rewarded by public policy decisions made with firm resolve, not a moment too soon. When we think of courageous public policy, we probably think of historical measures like the Emancipation Proclamation or the Canada Health Act. We don’t generally view tax reform measures in that same heroic context. But I believe that Premier Dalton McGuinty’s recent decision to harmonize Ontario’s Retail Sales Tax with the GST, while it may not be historic, was indeed courageous. It is a wise public policy whose positive impacts will be felt for some time to come.