“it’s become increasingly common over the past decade or so to see laws being passed to either mandate the use of open-source software or, at the very least, encourage people in government who make procurement decisions to do so.”
See Which countries have open-source laws on the books?I’m proud of Canada. It’a vital place and home of several generations of my family. One can still afford health care here, get a good education for a reasonable price, grow your own food or hunt/gather it, get plenty of clean water and fresh air, live in mountains, planes, deserts and forests, whatever you choose. However, when it comes to government spending money foolishly on non-Free software that the world can and does provide at cost as Free/Libre Open Source Software, Canada is as backwards as governments in Africa and the Middle East.
Canadians are just as smart as anyone. Canadians can figure things out. Canadians are resourceful. Then, why is our government a slave to M$ and “friends”? Those guys are not our friends. They want to charge several times what software costs if we develop it ourselves or in cooperation with millions of developers around the world. What’s holding us back? I don’t get it.