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Canada is back? Not so fast when talking international science

By Daryl Copeland      

It will take more than bureaucratic tinkering or Justin Trudeau's star power to get Canada back to playing a significant role in the world of scientific diplomacy.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan, right, announced medical researcher Mona Nemer, left, as the government's new chief scientist in September, but the government still has a ways to go in improving its international science and technology performance, writes Daryl Copeland. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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