TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - The University of Waterloo urges elected members
of Parliament and the Senate to settle any outstanding political issues in
order to grant passage of Bill C-52, the Budget Implementation Act currently
making its way through the House and Senate.
The budget bill is crucial to Canada's science and technology strategy,
advancement of its research agenda, improvements to health care and the
interests of Canadians as a whole, said UW president David Johnston.
"This is extremely important legislation that holds the key to many
potential benefits and enhanced quality of life for Canadians for many future
generations," said Johnston.
Included in the bill are promised funding for the Perimeter Institute for
Theoretical Physics, CANARIE, broadband communications and Genome Canada.
"While we recognize that there are some strong voices of dissent due to
regional revenue sharing issues, we hope this does not hold up legislation of
such great importance to the advancement of Canada's overall advancement in
science, technology and health care. We are already struggling behind many
other advanced nations in these areas and we simply can't afford this kind of
setback for the country."
UW therefore encourages the various parties involved to come to agreement
and get on with the bill's passage before Parliament prorogues for the summer,
the bills dies and the crucial investment in Canada's research is
For further information:
For further information: David Johnston, UW president, (519) 888-4400