Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will unveil the government's
much-anticipated budget this week amidst widespread speculation that it
will feature sizable spending cuts and significant reorganization of
major government programs. While changes to old age pension
eligibility, the CBC, as well as government departments and programs
will attract the lion share of attention, my weekly technology column (Toronto
Star version, homepage
version) notes the budget choices could have
major implications for technology policy.
The government has telegraphed some measures, including an initiative
to recast the National Research Council into a service focused on
providing assistance to business rather than an entity emphasizing
basic research. Changes to the NRC may be just the starting point as
the budget’s fine print could include some important clues about where
the government is headed on the digital economy.
TagsShareTuesday March 27, 2012