Date: Saturday, July 19, 2003.



Subject: Youth Science and Technology Program,

Letter to the Editor


Re: "Intern Lottery" July 18th 2003 article in "Computing Canada" , page 20.

When everyone is in agreement that technology is the key to future economic
growth, the Government should be doing everything in its power to ensure
that the Canadian high-tech sector is vibrant, strong, and healthy.

The Youth Science and Technology Program, rather than being axed, should be
ACTIVELY EXPANDED by industry, Government, and post-secondary institutions.

When the economy is NOT robust do you do less or more aggressive marketing?
The same thing applies in high-tech. If times are TOUGH NOW, let's prepare
to ensure that they are "LESS" TOUGH down the road. That is done NOW by
"thoughtfully" ensuring that the high-tech sector can "GROW and EXPAND"
MORE READILY in the future when economic conditions are more favourable.

That is done by promoting the high-tech sector to today's youth and ensuring
that they have INTERN PROGRAMS whereby they can acquire the experience
need to go forward.

The axing of the Youth Science and Technology Program is both SHAMEFUL
MINDLESS. Moreover, it indicates that the talk of industry, Government,
and post-secondary institutions WORKING TOGETHER FOR A BRIGHTER
is nothing but a SHAM: just a lot of talk.

This just proves -- once again -- that Canadians can have ONE MORE REASON
technocrats -- Maybe the term "CON ARTISTS" is more apporpriate than the
term "technocrats". (Ha! Ha!) -- that seem bent on runnig the Canadian

Government into the ground to the benefit of the U.S. who recognizes that
IT'S SUPREMACY is directly dependent on the health of ITS HIGH-TECH
do I smell a conspiracy? (Ha! Ha!)

(An aside: I think it's safe to say when there are important U.S. high-tech
presentations given here in Ottawa, there are U.S. embassy personnel
present: that's how close the U.S. Government is to its high-tech sector.
The fact that the Canadian Government is NOT this close to its high-tech
sector has to leave one wondering -- and worse, doubting, -- its ability to
SUPPORT and REINFORCE the technology sector so that Canada's HIGH-
TECH SECTOR is not only STRONG and VIBRANT, but more importantly, a
CONTENDER in this most promising sector of economic activity.)


Kenneth Selin
B.A. (Psychology), B.A. (Spanish),
B.Admin., B.Comm. (Honours), B.A. (Italian) magna cum laude
K+ Presient
President/Party Leader 
of the Égalité Party of Canada

Let's DEcriminalize the Government at ALL levels! :-D