Main drivers of the 21st century economy

It's already fairly clear, now that we're almost 1/6th of the way into this century, that intellectual property is a main economic driver. Think Google, Apple and so on. B.C. already has a leg up compared to most of the world. In part that's because we're close to natural beauty, which keeps most of our "best and brightest" inside the province and attracts their like from other places. And in part it's because B.C. already has at least good foundational infrastructure with its universities and research centres. How do we take advantage of that? We need to keep bugging the Liberals and NDP to look away from their resource-based thinking, at least long enough to stop attacking our education system and creators in general. For example, if we weren't saddling our grads with such huge student loan debt, we'd be on the right track. B.C. colleges and universities charge too much tuition, plain and simple. Those institutions should be set up more like those in Scandinavia. Here, corporate influence has become far too influential. And the boards that control our higher-learning infrastructure are true believers: they sincerely think that ever-higher salaries and ever-expanding campuses will produce better grads. Not that the resource industries are going away; we need to manage our resources better. The economic trick lies not in just selling logs or fish to other countries, but in carefully researching what those countries do with the resources they buy from us, then replicating that here. If they're making veneer, say, then our government should support the B.C. veneer industry.


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  • Bill Masse
    commented 2016-12-14 14:14:06 -0800
    Bill, as Research and Policy Chair and Vice Chair of the Platform Policy Advisory Committee, I want to thank you for your input. How we transition to the 21st century economy has been one of the major issues we have been discussing.
    Bill Masse
  • Bill Johnstone
    published this page in Make a suggestion 2016-11-24 11:53:45 -0800
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