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Friday, January 30, 2009 

Harper Budget -With Liberal Support - Threatens Scientific Research In Canada

"The uncertainty over research funding in Canada left scientists across the country fretting over the future of crucial projects yesterday, and a few wondering if they would relocate their work. While the United States took steps to add billions to research budgets, Adrian Tsang, a molecular geneticist at Concordia University in Montreal, worried that his long-time effort to find a biofuel alternative will be compromised with Genome Canada — the only agency in the country that regularly funds large-scale science — receiving no new money in 2009."
Carolyn Abraham
Globe & Mail
January 30, 2009

Cartoon by kind permission of
Graeme MacKay
at mackaycartoons.net

When I was involved in the GE protests I was shocked to learn that our government was not funding research but leaving it up to the private sector to present their own research.

Very fitting, that cartoon.

I like how it shows Harper [and his budget] bulldozing and creating wreckage.

... and Harper has the Liberals in tow as he ignores the needs of scientific research in Canada.

Absolutely disgusting. Behind the lack of changes to EI and the infrastructure fund matching requirements, this is the next biggest issue for me with this budget.

The situation at the CIHR is no better - it has become ludicrous whereby way too many research grant applications rated as "excellent" end up being non approved for funding ...

" [genome canada] the only agency in the country that regularly funds large-scale science "

HUH? Who told this reporter that Genome Canada is the only agency that regularly fund large-scale science?

Seriously. Ever hear of NRCan?

(or did the ConLiberal coalition cut them, too?)

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