If area is so central to Canada’s economic system and a driver of financial development through the pandemic, why is it that the House Advisory Board is dormant and that Canada hasn’t taken the following logical step and create a Nationwide House Council just like that of the U.S.?
A part of the issue is that Canada has no business affiliation centered on the area sector to advocate for it. Certain, the Aerospace Industries Affiliation of Canada (AIAC) does spend somewhat time on area, however their central focus is on the aviation sector. We’ve heard rumours of a brand new area centered business affiliation which may be forthcoming, and if true, this will assist the present state of affairs.
Within the U.S. it was introduced final week that the Biden administration will preserve the Nationwide House Council going. Politico was the primary to report this.
In an announcement, a Nationwide House Council spokesperson informed Space Policy Online and different information retailers that “At a time of unprecedented exercise and alternative generated by America’s actions in area, the Nationwide House Council will likely be renewed to help the President in producing nationwide area insurance policies, methods, and synchronizing America’s area actions.”
“Whereas we’re nonetheless working particulars, we are going to tailor the Council to make sure we’ve got illustration that may tackle the priorities of the Administration—akin to space-related science and applied sciences, area exploration, options to deal with local weather change, guaranteeing financial and academic alternatives, constructing partnerships, cementing norms of behaviors in area, and addressing issues of nationwide safety efforts in area. This isn’t an all-inclusive listing.”
The final we heard of the House Advisory Board was simply earlier than the declaration of the pandemic. The Board was to have met with then ISED Minister Bains, however as an alternative met with Deputy Minister Simon Kennedy. Since then we’ve heard nothing and the SAB’s mandate expired final spring.
In August final 12 months after our inquiry to ISED a spokesperson despatched us an announcement that mentioned “The House Advisory Board was nonetheless lively via late 2019 and 2020, they usually final had an in-person assembly with our Deputy Minister this March. Since then, the Board has been offering updates to business throughout these unprecedented occasions. The following steps for the House Advisory Board are nonetheless being determined.”
If our neighbours to the south think about area actions and the roles and income they create vital sufficient for the White Home to interact an business panel frequently at such a excessive degree, why doesn’t the Canadian authorities?
It’s time the federal government despatched a sign to stakeholders and the world that area in vital to Canada and its authorities. A primary step can be from going ‘to be determined’ to reconstituting the House Advisor Board after which the federal government ought to create our personal Nationwide House Council that interfaces on a semi-regular foundation with cupboard.