"Our culture is unwilling to accept the failures that are built into an environment that genuinely supports risk taking. Nor are we wholly comfortable with differentiation, success and excellence. This culture holds Canada back in entrepreneurial and technological innovation."
The Conference Board, the think-tank in question, says that it has discovered a "story of governments, businesses and people punching below their weight.
"[T]oo often we trail the pack. The failure to innovate is a large part of the explanation for our mediocrity — a mediocrity that is hampering what we can do and what we can be."
Viera, Paul. ‘Mediocrity’ threatens way of life: report card. National Post. June 13, 2007. here.
Thanks to Mark Medley and National Post for the report card image.
To Leora Kornfeld for the head’s up.