- building world-class digital infrastructure;
- encouraging businesses to adopt digital technologies;
- supporting digital skills development;
- fostering the growth of Canadian companies supplying digital technologies to global markets; and
- creating made-in-Canada content across all platforms, to bring Canada to the world.
These are the same five goals that were announced as part of the digital economy consultation in May 2010 and reiterated by Industry Minister Clement in his speech on the strategy in November 2010. No new specifics are provided.
The platform also commits to reintroducing Bill C-32, arguing that the bill was a balanced approach to copyright. The platform specifically references the same bill name and defends the approach, so those hoping for changes may be disappointed.
There is one new policy – a commitment to a set aside for emergency responders in the next spectrum auction. The bigger questions on the auction are left unanswered. So too are the questions raised about an open Internet and foreign investment in telecommunications. Overall, a disappointment given the opportunity to raise the profile of the digital economy issues and allow for a public debate on the different party positions.