of 2009 PAGSE recommendations to The House of Commons Standing
Committee on Finance
The current global financial crisis has left no economy
unscathed. Canada has so far fared better than many other
countries, although vulnerabilities exist and action is necessary.
Sustained economic recovery requires a mixture of short and
long-term measures to ensure stability and long-term prosperity.
The creation of knowledge through fundamental, discovery-driven
research forms the basis for innovation in the future and
lies at the heart of this recovery program.
Supporting a culture of innovation and discovery requires
that Canada have the intellectual, organizational and institutional
resources to generate new knowledge, identify and act on opportunities,
develop strategic alliances and advance developments in new
areas. Economic recovery thus requires support both for individuals,
who are the drivers of research and innovation, as well as
for the major facilities and collaborations of which they
are a part. Science forms the core of Canada’s ‘knowledge’
and ‘people’ advantages, and is central to its
economic recovery and future development.
The Partnership Group recommends:
• The Government improve Canada’s research and
technical capacity to increase productivity and maintain its
competitive position in research;
• The Government promote a sustainable knowledge economy
through long-term support for major research facilities and
collaborative research initiatives;
• The Government create a prestigious and competitive
Research Fellows Program for post-doctoral researchers