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More money coming, according to Goodyear

May 26, 2009

Minister of Science, etc. Gary Goodyear is looking forward to Budget 2010, and is “firmly committed to working with all of you to determine where future investments are most needed”, he told a group of researchers – according to the Globe and Mail. Speaking at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Carleton University in Ottawa, Goodyear indicated that he was soliciting input for next year’s budget investments.

Goodyear is probably keen to get everyone thinking about next year’s budget instead of this year’s. Because of the widespread criticism he’s received? No, not at all. The opposite in fact – it seems that Minister Goodyear is tired of all the praise and applause he’s received from the research community:

In an interview, Mr. Goodyear said he has received overwhelming support in the scientific community for the recent budget… Mr. Goodyear said that the critics represented isolated cases. 

“I don’t know that there was [a hatchet to bury with scientists],” he said. “Frankly, I’m getting more of the good feel from everybody.”

Overwhelming support, isolated cases, “good feel”… Either Minister Goodyear is outright bald-facing his way through the criticism or this government does a singularly amazing job of shielding itself from public sentiment.

Nonetheless, one can hope that the government has heard the criticism and is open to building a stronger science policy in the next budget.


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  1. Jim permalink
    May 26, 2009 22:09

    Unfortunately, this article reiterates a previous error from the president of the social sciences and humanities society in saying that SSHRC success rates are significantly lower that CIHR which is blatantly false. The last thing we need are scientists pitting themselves against scientists. Plus, is Goodyear on dope? He says that the vast majority of researchers are happy with the federal budget…..

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