Professor Andrew Craig of Queen’s University published an excellent article in The Conversation Canada explaining why the government needs to #supportthereport now. The Conversation Canada is an independent and non-profit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.
…there has been no evidence that the science minister or the prime minister will provide the budget support needed to enact the report’s recommendations.
Now at the midpoint of its mandate, the Trudeau government is attempting to traverse an ever-widening gap between the government’s messaging on science and its actions. Due to inaction, they have effectively reduced available funding for federal research in open competitions where the research topics are not constrained or dependent on industry partnerships.
Why should the public be concerned? The loss of investigator-initiated grants means that we are currently limiting the support for new fundamental discoveries that cannot be predicted by well-intentioned government or granting council executives.
Further, these discoveries are often not translated into new treatments or devices immediately. The late Tony Pawson, who made seminal discoveries during his biomedical research career in Canada, had an important message for all governments when accepting the prestigious Kyoto Prize in Japan in 2008: “Governments increasingly want to see immediate returns on the research that they support, but it is worth viewing basic science as a long-term investment that will yield completely unexpected dividends for humanity in the future.”
Read the full article in The Conversation here: