Sitting at the airport in Ottawa, having had time with some 40 MBA students exploring the future of Canada, I am struck by how few of them have a broad understanding of Canada's predicament. Here we are, without doubt a great nation to experience and live in, quietly starting to see our place in the world erode rapidly.
Like: (a) productivity growth in Canada is now zero; (b) competitiveness is declining; (c) we are ranked 27th out of 30 in innovative capacity by OECD; (d) Goldman Sachs stuff suggests that we will provide less than 1% of GDP (closer to 0.75) by 2025; (e) though a small nation, we produce 4% of the world's S&T (therefore importaing more than we produce).....and the list goes on.
Some of my colleagues at the Edmonton Journal (for which I now write a column on a regular basis) dont get it either - if it isnt productivity, we'd find something else.
Reality: Canada is falling.
Possibility: Canada could chose to face up to this, act decisevely and chose to lead the 21dt Century by showing the world what a new 21st century focused state is like.
Odds: Low for Canada to show courage and leadersship
Probability: More of the same
- sad, eh ?