Canada’s commitment to world-class research
This week, Stephen Harper took the time to visit Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory, where he congratulated researchers and public health professionals on their quick response to the H1N1 flu outbreak. You can read all about it in this official press release from the Conservative Party.
“The success of this lab is a testament to Canada’s commitment to world-class research and to our unyielding commitment to protect public health,” Harper said. “As Prime Minister and as a parent, it gives me great peace of mind to know that so many dedicated and talented people are working to keep Canadians safe.”
In a related story, courtesy of Michael Geist, the Canadian government is currently working with the United States, the European Union and Norway to kill a medical research and development treaty that would “address issues such as new models for funding medical research, global norms to facilitate access to government funded research, and promoting management of intellectual property rights that factors in public health and access to medicines”.
So basically, when it comes to Canada’s commitment to world-class research, I guess the lesson we’re supposed to take away from these two new developments is, um… Well, it’s probably, uh…
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