The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.  Canada’s latest federal budget – a first in 13 years for the Conservatives – does very little to support the adoption of information and communications technologies (ICTs). Prime Minister Stephen Harper seems to believe that the best way to improve the economic output of the country, which is highly dependent on small and medium businesses, is to reduce those businesses’ taxes and hope they reinvest the money in improving the effectiveness of their operations.  There is no question that the country’s small and medium businesses welcome tax reform, and lower taxes go a long way to improving the plight of Canada’s primary economic driver. But without any plans to proactively support the adoption of business processes that will allow SMBs to grow their business exponentially, tax cuts will only serve as a band-aid and will do very little to spur greater economic output and competitiveness from Canada’s SMB community.  Of the 10 main elements of the government’s "productivity improvement strategy", a large share is devoted to either tax reduction of some sort, whether it be small business tax rates, or the corporate surtax. And of course, there is a little bit of accountability seasoning and program spending reduction added to the mix.  We can’t say that tax reduction is a bad thing for small business, because it’s not. It’s just that the governing Conservatives have money in the bank that they should have earmarked for a "Small Business Productivity Enhancement Initiative."  If Stephen Harper could find $400 million to fight pine beetle infestation, surely he could have found an equal amount to allocate to a national strategy for ICT adoption.