In August 1995 at the conclusion of my term as Clifford Clark Visiting Economist, I left behind at the Department of Finance an essay outlining some proposals as to Canada's policy priorities for the next decade. Included was the following statement: "Perhaps the most compelling phenomenon of our times is the emergence of the information society - based on microchips and communications - but far transcending those technological underpinnings. Shaping Canada's role in the information society according to our values, and assuring that we stay at the leading edge, are opportunities of sufficient breadth and potential to define a great national project .
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