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Expect Liberal budget to focus on science, women’s role in economy

By Les Whittington      

'Governments cannot short-change basic science and expect innovation to flourish,' says ex-UofT Naylor

‘The previous government dug a big hole; it’s going to take time to fix,' said Science Minister Kirsty Duncan at a November speech at the Canadian Science Policy Conference. The Liberal government is expected to boost fundamental science funding in its 2018 budget. Photograph courtesy of the Government of Canada
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OTTAWA—Thomas Mulcair got it right a few years back when, commenting on the approach of Stephen Harper’s government to the role of science in policy development, he said the Conservatives relied on “decision-based fact-making.” But, unfortunately for the NDP, it was Justin Trudeau’s Liberals who managed to capitalize in the 2015 election on a commitment to restore science as an economic engine and renew the government’s reliance on research and data. Following up on that will be a

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