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Our next Governor General on tech policy failures

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David Johnston, who was named as Canada’s next Governor General today, is known as a man who doesn’t rock the boat. As a stolid appointee to many worthy boards and committees (the Information Highway Advisory Council, the Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, etc.), Johnston hasn’t often given divisive advice.

So when this conciliatory man has allowed a critical tone in his public pronouncements, it’s worth listening. And here’s what he told CBC last March for a story about Canada’s “failure” on digital technology policy:

“Most people who study the digital field would say that Canada has lost some of the wind in its sails, and that’s unfortunate… Without being unduly critical of this government, there has not been a lot of attention paid to broadband, to the digital economy and digital media in the last five or six years.”