Montréal, November 6, 2015 – The Fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d’université (FQPPU) welcomes the decision of the newly appointed Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Singh Bains, to restore the mandatory long-form census.
“This decision is crucial for the scientific community, which has been calling for the return of the long-form census since it was abolished by the Conservatives in 2010,” said Jean-Marie Lafortune, President of the FQPPU. “The data that was not collected has unfortunately been lost forever, but at least, in the future, there will be reliable data that can be used for research and that could inspire public policy.”
The FQPPU also welcomes the nomination of Minister Kirsty Duncan and the creation of a ministry within which innovation and science are at the forefront. “The fact that a scientist has been named Minister of Science is encouraging and shows that the current government attaches particular importance to scientific activity,” said Mr. Lafortune.
While the actions taken thus far provide hope, there is still a great deal of work to be done in order to reassert the value of scientific activity in Canada. Creating a Director of Science position and making a return to providing adequate funding for basic research are some of the expectations the scientific community has for the new government.
Finally, the FQPPU will pay close attention to the actions taken to counter the previous government’s anti-union initiatives, Bill C-377 and Bill C-525.
Established in 1991, the FQPPU represents Quebec university professors at the national and international levels.
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