Mr. Speaker, as an ecologist, I know how important scientific research is to this country, particularly that done by young scientists, with their brilliant curiosity, exploring the world through fresh eyes.
That is why I was so happy today to meet with the Liber Ero fellows. These young Canadian post-doctoral scientists tackle management challenges and conservation issues with novel analyses, novel perspectives, and novel collaborations on subjects as diverse as climate change, marine ecosystems, grasslands, birds, butterflies, bumblebees, and bats.
This program takes its name from the Latin words for “I will be free”, reflecting the importance of independent research.
They are here in Ottawa to learn how the results of their studies can be heard in the halls of government.
I can assure this House that we will be hearing regularly from them and from the new fellows who join their ranks year by year.