The Interview

In second mandate, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains sets sights on cutting wireless bills and scaling cleantech

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains arrives for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony in Ottawa in November 2019.
Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains arrives for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony in Ottawa on Nov. 20, 2019. The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld
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“You don’t create a culture of innovation overnight,” Navdeep Bains told The Logic on Monday. One of the few cabinet ministers to retain his portfolio after the Liberals’ October re-election, the innovation minister believes his continuity in the job is an advantage for the “multi-year effort” of implementing the Liberals’ technology, skills and data plans. 

In an extended interview Monday at his Mississauga constituency office, Bains laid out what businesses can expect from Ottawa on data and privacy regulation and predicted Ottawa’s early cleantech funding challenges will abate, among other insights into his second-term agenda. 

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