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