June 29, 2017
For Immediate Release

Opposition Supports Tech Sector Partnership, Which Continues an Aspect of the Previous Government’s Innovation Strategy

Steve Kent, Innovation Critic for the Official Opposition‎, said, “We support the government’s tech sector partnership with Nati, NEIA, CME and ACADA since it continues an important aspect of the work of the previous government’s 2007 innovation strategy, which has been delivering results for Newfoundland and Labrador for the past decade.”

“We have long believed that it is essential to work in partnership with industry associations to help companies grow, expand into new markets, commercialize new products, rise to the next level, access skilled labour and benefit from a public sector that understands and is responsive to their needs – which is precisely why we took the lead in implementing our innovation strategy over the past decade,” said Kent.

“It is equally important to ensure there are accountability mechanisms in place all along the way ‎to measure progress and adjust programs so they work as effectively as possible to continue the phenomenal growth our technology sector has witnessed over the past number of years,” he said.

“Newfoundland and Labrador has been at the frontier of innovation for many years, thanks to industry pioneers and strategic partnerships with the province. Through our Research & Development Corporation, our ocean technology strategy, export development strategy, innovation strategy‎, immigration and population growth strategies, and other complementary initiatives launched over the past decade, we made partnering with our technology sector a priority, and Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have benefitted immensely from the successes our tech firms have already achieved,” said Kent.

“It is important, not only that we build on that success, but that we do not limit our goals. The strength of our strategic approach is that ‎it was broadly rather than narrowly based, responding to the divergent needs of companies large and small, urban and rural, new and established, in sectors ranging from information and communications technology (ICT) to ocean technology, from health care to aquaculture, from aerospace to robotics, and beyond. Let’s not limit ourselves but commit to exploring all of these opportunities so we can continue to be a leader nationally and globally in innovation.”

“And let’s make sure we have clear accountability mechanisms in place so we can measure progress objectively and openly, and adjust programs to make them work for our industries as effectively as they need to,” added Kent.

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Media Contact:
Heather MacLean
Director of Operations and Communications
Office of the Official Opposition
(709) 729 6105, heathermaclean@gov.nl.ca