Electioneering

2021 Leaders' Debate

Today we provide you with the election primer for Canadian tech. Which, if you sadly watched the only English language debate last night, I’m sure you need.

“It’s not rocket science, it’s just hard.”

That entertaining mess was full of yelling, time counts, empty barbs, and interruptions. Unfortunately, it was light on policy and substantive debate.

Thankfully, this week we present to you Ben Bergen, executive director of the Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI). Bergen walks us through the substantive policy points of each major party related to the innovation economy, where those points intersect with broader themes of national import, and each party’s historical willingness to engage with tech.

We also discuss a recent open letter, signed by hundreds of tech execs, calling for greater leadership from the political parties when it comes to unlocking the potential of tech to solve big problems.

Want to prepare for the upcoming election? You have five seconds.


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The BetaKit Podcast is hosted by Douglas Soltys & Rob Kenedi. Edited by Kattie Laur. Sponsored by VanHack. Produced with support from TWG.

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.