Ian Cavanaugh wants New Brunswick to have a Minister for ICT as a way to focus in on the sector from an economic development perspective. I have hammered the drum for focus since Adam was a cowboy and I applauded PEI for setting up a Dept. of Biosciences (and something else) with a minister and DM as a way to focus in on that activity.
But if you did that for ICT in New Brunswick it would have to be much more than a symbolic gesture. We are too long in the tooth for symbolism
Remember eNB? No? Most people don’t but when it was launched by the former Premier it was said that eNB would be the catalyst to bring the benefits of the new IT world to all New Brunswick.
eNB undertook a few piddly initiatives and then petered out. Someone close to the initiative at the time told me it was just another PR effort with almost no funding and no focus.
If you set up a Dept. of ICT or an ICT Czar it should be about both advancing the use of ICT in NB society and growing ICT clusters.