Canada 2020. (2011). The Canada We Want in 2020. Retrieved from http://canada2020.ca/canada-we-want/.
“Today, Canada faces challenges and opportunities that are quite unprecedented in our recent history, although they may seem rather opaque to most Canadians. Our ability to overcome these challenges – and seize the opportunities – will determine the future trajectory of Canada’s economy and society over the next generation. Our standard of living and quality of life could well hang in the balance. This is why we need federal leadership. Canada 2020 contends that there are five fundamental, inter-related challenges confronting the country which require strategic political leadership and policy action from the federal government.
- Increasing innovation and productivity
- Rising to meet the Asia challenge
- Squaring the carbon circle
- Reducing income disparities and polarization
- Securing our health system for the future
Our choice to address all the issues together has two implications. First, we will, as we move on, have an opportunity to examine the links between areas (for example, the effect carbon policy will have on our trading relations or the links between income inequality and productivity). Second, the broad scope of issues will give us a chance to reflect more critically on the role of the state, and the effectiveness of policy in general in addressing the key issues of our time.”