Just a few months ago, the World Economic Forum reported that Canada’s global competitiveness had declined from ninth place in 2009-10 to 15th in 2014-15 – and that our capacity for innovation had declined one place to 22nd since 2013-14. Devoid of seriously needed investment in innovation in recent years, one has to wonder how far we’ve fallen since.

Meanwhile, the Conference Board of Canada has estimated that the annual contribution of our arts and culture industry is 7.4 per cent of real GDP (as of 2007), accounting for 1.1 million jobs. As a gross total, that’s more than our mining, forestry and fisheries sectors, plus the Canadian Forces, combined....

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