Sport Madam Speaker, sport builds self-esteem and leadership skills and has the power to transform lives. We listen to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, indigenous communities and indigenous sport leaders, because we know no relationship is more important. Last week, I announc
June 7th, 2019House debate
Industry committee Brian, thank you for your question. I will tell you what I am absolutely committed to. On day two, we unmuzzled our scientists. Let me explain this. It is one thing to say it and it's another thing to act. We developed a new communications policy from the previous government
Industry committee Thank you. We want them out speaking. Culture change takes time. I take every opportunity when I speak with government scientists. I'm the first science minister to ever meet with the deputy ministers of science-based departments throughout the year, and annually for eight hour
Industry committee Chair, thank you to you. Once again, I'd really like to thank this committee for the opportunity to appear before you to answer your questions. Mostly, I'd like to thank you for the important work you've done over the last three and a half years. Merci.
Industry committee Thanks, Terry. Congratulations to your daughter. Please give Dr. Bondar my very best. She's a Canadian hero. Equity, diversity, inclusion: We have world-class institutions in this country, and they rank in the top 100. I think we should all be celebrating our researchers and ou
Industry committee I, too, am going to respond to you regarding funding. We have absolutely changed—
Industry committee Thank you, Mr. Chair. We've absolutely changed the trajectory of funding in this country from stagnation to investment. First year, $2 billion.... I'll just give the example. In the first year, $95 million—
Industry committee I'm trying, if you'll allow me—
Industry committee Thank you, Mr. Chair. In year one, we made a $95-million investment in the granting councils. It was heralded across the country because that $95 million was the largest investment in the granting councils in a decade. In budget 2018, we increased our funding to the granting cou
Industry committee John, thank you for highlighting it. Yes, it was disappointing to provide stats only to 2017, knowing the historic budget was in 2018.
Industry committee I'll give you a very specific example. Last week we announced the discovery grants, which are a large NSERC program. We made the largest investment in discovery grants in Canadian history. Some $588 million went to 5,000 researchers across Canada. What is particularly exciting is
Industry committee Majid, thank you for highlighting our government scientists.
Industry committee Okay. We've given $2.8 billion for these new labs. I want to highlight the increase in our scientists and our technical experts since we have come into government. In 2015-16 to this time period there's been an increase of 2,000. That comes on top of the 2,500 that the previous—
Industry committee That's 2,000 scientists and technical experts. That's April StatsCan data.