A new role for government as technology and trade evolve?

Observer 204, February/March 1997
In the early 1980s I had the privilege of holding two important portfolios in the federal government of Canada – Science and Technology, and Economic and Regional Development. Addressing the role of government in those days was even more complex than today as we struggled with the legacy of the ‘government knows best’ mentality still supported by many active politicians and the reality of limited resources and a mounting inventory of disastrous interventions. Where was the proper balance to be found between private-sector research and development and public-sector support?
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