Davos gave Stephen Harper the opportunity to discuss the issues about how to allocate capital (tax payer money) to strengthen Canada for all of our futures. Quite the job and we can see how hard it is for government experts to be Venture Capitalists (Solyndra is one boondoggle costing the US tax payers a crazy half a billion dollars. If only Canada had a government fund that size) or even more staid private equity investors up at the RIM size of business.
It ain't easy. Business grows and then declines. Canada and America have their 100 year old companies that have survived, along with ones that the government has helped during struggling times. The problems come if the government takes over the business, just look to the UK in the 70s as their well meaning government meddling destroyed many a British pearl - Rover, Rolls Royce, etc.
Barry McKenna has a great article in the Globe and Mail about being a top politician and debating how to boost business growth in the country. Barry's opening sentence is a beauty: