CREPUQ makes eight recommendations to enhance Bill 130

MONTREAL, Feb. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities (CREPUQ) appeared today before the Commission des finances publiques to present the position of Quebec universities on certain aspects of Bill 130: An Act to abolish the Ministère des Services gouvernementaux and the Société québécoise de récupération et de recyclage and to implement the Government's 2010-2014 Action Plan to Reduce and Control Expenditures by abolishing or restructuring certain bodies and certain funds.

Among other provisions, this bill calls for the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ), the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC) and the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT) to be merged into a single organization (le Fonds Recherche Québec).

Quebec universities hope to contribute to this process in order to ensure that the measures implemented under Bill 130 regarding the creation of the new Fonds Recherche Québec result in more than simply an administrative restructuring, and instead provide an opportunity to enhance university research in Quebec.

In the brief presented to the Commission des finances publiques, CREPUQ makes eight recommendations intended to improve Bill 130 and lead to the smooth implementation of the government's intentions. The brief is available at the CREPUQ website: http://www.crepuq.qc.ca/spip.php?article1289&lang=fr

"This reorganization raises legitimate concerns that the government must address. In addition to making specific recommendations, CREPUQ also points out a number of conditions it considers essential to ensure the successful merger of the three funds. We believe that the creation of the Fonds Recherche Québec and the appointment of Quebec's first Chief Scientist will have a positive impact on the development of our innovation system, provided that the importance of both basic and applied research is recognized, that the particular needs of each are met, and that their specific natures are taken into consideration," noted Daniel Zizian, President and Director General of CREPUQ.

"CREPUQ hopes that the reforms proposed by the government will further strengthen research in Quebec, in every field. We hope that the government will consider the university recommendations and improve the bill to ensure its harmonious implementation, to the benefit of society as a whole," noted Daniel Coderre, Chair of CREPUQ's Strategic Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation, and Director General of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique.

CREPUQ includes all Quebec universities. The organization acts as their voice in relations with government and milieus concerned with university education and research. It also fosters coordination and collaboration between universities, is a research centre for university administrations, acts as a centre for coordination and joint service delivery, and is a resource centre and think tank for its members.

SOURCE CONFERENCE OF RECTORS AND PRINCIPALS OF QUEBEC UNIVERSITIES (CREPUQ)

For further information:

Chantal Pouliot, Director of Communications
Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities
514 288-8524, ext. 244
chantal.pouliot@crepuq.qc.ca

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