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Government of Canada Puts Canadians First with Announcement of Science and Technology Strategy

May 17, 2007 -- For Immediate Release

OTTAWA, ON - Research Canada: An Alliance for Health Discovery applauds the Federal Government for today's announcement of a Science and Technology Strategy. Building the knowledge advantage in Canada will deliver value to Canadians by keeping them healthy, improving innovations in our health care system and by creating high quality jobs and opportunities for economic growth in regions across the country.
"Research Canada, like this government, is committed to putting Canadians first by investing in the research that will translate into improved quality of life for Canadians and a Canadian competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage is a big step forward towards this end," said Dr. Ronald Worton, Chair of Research Canada.

"We look forward to working with this government in the months ahead to strengthen the foundation of Canada's health research enterprise," said Ms. Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety, President and CEO of Research Canada. "We do need to create a policy environment in this country that enhances investments in health research from all sectors including the private and private not-for-profit sectors," she added.

"Building a strong Canada requires a leadership role from the Federal Government both in terms of having a national plan for Science and Technology and in making the public investment in health research that will leverage investments from other sectors," said Dr. Michael Julius, a Research Canada Board Director and Vice-president Research, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Research Canada is a not-for-profit, voluntary organization working for all Canadians. Its membership is drawn from all sectors and is dedicated to advancing health research in Canada.

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