Where do the federal parties stand on basic and applied research? - 2019-07-22
It's about 90 days until the federal election and so far the science community and voters alike remain in the dark as to how the Conservatives, NDP and Greens will support Canadian science.
The Liberals, in contrast, can point to Budget 2018 where they made big investments in research. Look for them to argue there are still three years to run in their five-year commitment, and proclaim they are steadily undoing the harm done by the Conservatives under Stephen Harper.
Just one problem: The Liberal investments in research operating grants and personnel will end up well short of the levels recommended in a 2017 report the government itself commissioned. And those spending targets weren't pie-in-the-sky. They were simply designed to restore inflation-adjusted funding to levels per researcher that prevailed in 2006-07.