Australian Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, says what we desperately need heard from his Canadian counterpart:
"We are and will remain a net importer of knowledge, so it is in our interest to promote the freest possible flow of information domestically and globally. The arguments for stepping out first on open access are the same as the arguments for stepping out first on emissions trading – the more willing we are to show leadership on this, we more chance we have of persuading other countries to reciprocate. And if we want the rest of the world to act, we have to do our bit at home."
The same obviously applies in Canada and the election campaign provides a perfect opportunity for Canadian leaders to identify the same policy goal.