Tech Summit a backdrop for B.C.’s political tussle over innovation sector

B.C.’s revitalized innovation sector, as evidenced by the opening of the province’s Tech Summit on Tuesday with a record attendance of 5,000, is becoming a battleground in the coming provincial election.

Premier Christy Clark, delivering the keynote address at the gathering, unveiled a series of new initiatives aimed at boosting the tech sector, including a $10-million program to fund five research chairs at B.C. universities and an expansion of tax credits for virtual reality and augmented reality products.

The goal, Clark said, is to both step up development of homegrown talent and open doors to educated foreign developers.

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