John Ivison: National Research Council revamp fuels David Suzuki’s claims of a Conservative ‘war on science’

National Post | Full Comment

The Conference Board recently graded Canada on its innovation performance. We got a D, coming in 13th out of 16 peer countries.

Apparently, we are producing some new and improved products but are being lapped by countries like Switzerland, which, aside from inventing the cuckoo clock, is apparently quite good at developing pharmaceuticals.

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The National Research’s Council’s “new” focus on commercial applied science, as opposed to pure science, may look sensible enough on its face, given the federal agency’s $900-million annual budget and the limping economy.

Surely there are enough wild-haired scientists with Buddy Holly glasses doing blue-sky research in Canadian universities; and surely the NRC could put more brainpower at the disposal of industry? Never mind trying to determine how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. Get cracking on the next BlackBerry.

But this…

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