Liberal leadership candidate George Takach sees technology as key to Canada's future

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Before his great showing at the debates on Sunday, Liberal Party leadership candidate George Takach sat down with the Vancouver Observer to talk about his leadership ambitions, his policy, and what the party needs to stay competitive against the Conservatives and the NDP.

Takach is a determined Toronto-based lawyer poised to bring issues of technology policy into the mainstream discussion of the party and the nation.

At 55 years old, he sees Canada’s lack of investment and innovation in the tech sector as the main reason why the country falls behind in technology.  

Citing our lacklustre record for affordable and accessible internet, telecommunications, and the growing trend for Canadian companies to be absorbed by foreign competitors, he believes his tech policies can bring Canada a prosperous future.

Speaking to us at McCarthy-Tetrault’s law firm in Vancouver where he sits as a partner, Takach noted his experience with leadership, having a vision, and using a team to achieve goals against all odds. Being a longtime Liberal, he sees this race as “his time” to use his skills and lead the party, and even be Prime Minister.

Going up against the other eight candidates is nevertheless going to be an uphill battle – most pit Takach with the smaller candidates like constitutional scholar Deborah Coyne, or former lieutenant colonel Karen McCrimmon, but the five debates (the first having taken place today) will be their best chance to be seen as contenders.

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suppressed innovation is a fossil fuel subsidy

In my opinion

We need to replace the fossil fuel power plants, the primary source of GHG. Now!

At a scale required to accomplish this task :

Ethanol starves people : not a viable option.

Fracking releases methane : not a viable option.

Cellulose Bio Fuel Uses Food Land : not a viable option

Solar uses food land : Not a viable option

Wind is Intermittent : Not a viable option

All Human and Agricultural Organic Waste can be converted to hydrogen, through exposure intense radiation!

The Radioactive Materials exist now, and the Organic waste is renewable daily.

Ending the practice of dumping sewage into our water sources.

Air, Water, Food and Energy issues, receive significant positive impacts .

Reducing illness / health care costs as well !

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Technology as our saviour? Hardly a new idea...

George Takach is repeating a long-held Liberal Party of Canada dream: that of a Canada with an economy diversified away from our natural resources, using our minds. My first job out of university was at the science policy advisory agency, the Science Council of Canada. It was shrunk in 1988 by the Mulroney government, deemed a "service to business", closing in 1993. Canada had the highest per capita level of education then and we still do. Yet, we have been unable to lever that foundation to diversify our economy. There have been areas targeted with government backing: CANDU nuclear power, aerospace (Bombardier), and others. For years, our private sector shining success story was telecommunications, led by Northern Telecom, who made products, sold them and plowed profits back into Research and Development.

Nortel's gone, and the Harper government finally had the guts cut off the the money-bleeding nuclear power division of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. For decades, the CANDU technology was supported as the technology of a golden future, then supported further because so much public money had been invested. By the time AECL was sold to SNC-Lavalin for a pittance, cumulative public investment in in CANDU was more than $100 Billion current dollars since the early 1950s. What if you had a 'great' technology, but no one wanted to buy it? That's CANDU. My pet theory is that the collective guilt over the shutdown of the Avro Arrow jet fighter program by the Diefenbaker government in 1959, resulting in over-compensation by backing programs like CANDU. For Americans, their psychic wounds arethings like the JFK assassination; for Canadians, it is the scrapping of the Avro Arrow.

For the most part, our economy has always been a 'branch plant' economy and few of the main corporations spent their R & D dollars here. The (federal) government has only had so much money to spend, and with shifting policies, priorities and governments over the years, we are now at a point where we don't want to spend on the basic research that is the building block of the applied science that leads to innovative technologies and products.