41st PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION – September 27, 2012

Mr. Andrew Cash (Davenport, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, I have another petition on behalf of Canadians from coast to coast to coast who have grave concerns over the cutting of Canada’s Experimental Lakes Area. There are hundreds upon hundreds of signatures on this one petition.”

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Mr. Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, I have a petition signed by many residents of my riding of Winnipeg Centre. They call upon the Government of Canada to save the Experimental Lakes Area, Canada’s leading freshwater research station. Many of the signators actually work at the ELA and live in my riding. They are calling upon the government to recognize the importance of the ELA and the Government of Canada’s mandate to study, preserve and protect its aquatic ecosystems, to reverse the decision to close the ELA research station and continue to staff and provide financial resources to the ELA at the current or higher level of commitment.”

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Ms. Kirsty Duncan (Etobicoke North, Lib.):

“Mr. Speaker, the Experimental Lakes Area, Canada’s world-renowned facility for freshwater research and education, is in danger of extinction by the Conservative government.

The research conducted at the ELA must continue. It must be public and it must be owned by the public.

Can the government honestly answer the following question for Canadians? Does it plan to mothball or decommission the ELA, or will it ensure its independence?”

Hon. Gary Goodyear (Minister of State (Science and Technology) (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario), CPC):

“Mr. Speaker, we did in fact make a decision, and that was to end the Experimental Lakes Area as a federal facility. We made another decision, and that is to fund science and technology in this country like never before in the history of the country, including $8 billion, in new dollars, since 2006.

What did the Liberals do when they were in power? They cut science and technology. What will the NDP do? It will bring in a carbon tax that will hurt scientists, hurt universities and make it harder on students.”