Mr. Speaker, the Varennes tokamak research project has had an extremely positive impact to date on the Quebec economy.
Announcement that the federal funding of $7.2 million yearly will be pulled seriously compromises the very nature of this project and is liable to have negative consequences for Quebec, which is already at a clear disadvantage when it comes to federal R and D investment.
My question is for the Minister of Natural Resources. Last week, the minister promised to look into finding alternative sources of funding for this project within the federal administration. Can she tell us what steps she has taken to find the 7.2 million in funding for the Varennes project, so that its survival will not be threatened?