Jim Balsillie’s band of innovators and technologists is tiring of Justin Trudeau’s approach to the digital economy, mostly because they’ve become unsure if the prime minister actually has one.
“I was one of those people, when Trudeau was getting elected, who was invited to meet with him,” said Carol Leaman, chief executive of Axonify Inc., a Waterloo, Ont.-based maker of employee-training software. “I had great hope that we would see more of a focus on innovation and support locally. It really has fallen away.”
Leaman is one of 133 leaders of fast-growing companies who signed an open letter to Trudeau on Oct. 27 that accuses his government of drift after promising a half-decade ago to re-establish Canada’s place among the world’s most innovative economies.
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