The 2018 Standing Committee on Finance was in Montreal this morning to hold a 2018 Budget Consultation, and SPE was there to represent science to our government. Co-president Shawn McGuirk reiterated some key points in the Naylor report to the committee, emphasizing that Canada is the only G7 nation to have a decrease in funding for basic research.
Julie Poupart, COO of the Canadian Association of Neuroscience, also advocated for the implementation of the Naylor report in full. We are extremely pleased to see support for fundamental research strongly represented in front of the committee, and are proud to be part of a community promoting science and research in Canada.
If you want to lend your voice to support the Naylor report, you can do so by signing our open letter at #Students4theReport. We will be sending this letter & a collection of video testimonials from trainee scientists to Prime Minister Trudeau as well as Ministers Duncan, Bains, and Morneau on October 27th, along with Chief Science Advisor Dr. Mona Nemer and other government stakeholders. We have the support of 1100+ researchers and student organizations and we are excited to make the student voice in support of basic science heard.
To read a more detailed version of what SPE would like to see in next year’s budget read our Pre-Budget Consultation here.