In the innovation for economic development course I completed a couple of weeks ago, one of the professors said that Cabinets with a large concentration of engineers tend to do a better job of developing innovation agendas. He cited Singapore as one example of this. As New Brunswick looks to develop its innovation agenda, I wonder how many people in Cabinet are engineers?
It’s kind of an interesting argument and it does go back to who gets attracted into politics in New Brunswick. We don’t tend to see a lot of ex VPs of large firms going into politics. I am not sure about engineers but my hunch is that not too many go into politics either.
In New Brunswick, politicians tend to be lawyers, ex-bureaucrats, small business owners, etc.
I think this is an interesting observation. If you want a government fostering innovation, would it help to have engineers in Cabinet?