Government recognizes value of research on Parliament Hill

The Canadian government gave a warm welcome to Ontario’s universities in the House of Commons and Canadian Senate on May 17, as Ontario researchers went to Parliament Hill to showcase some game-changing research projects – spanning from improving solar panel efficiency to creating healthier mines for workers and next generation 3-D printing processes – in a pop-up park.

“The work of researchers at Ontario’s postsecondary institutions allows government, business and community leaders to make evidence-based decisions,” said Peter Fragiskatos, MP of London North Centre, in a statement to the House of Commons.

Fragiskatos, a former academic, recognized the valuable contributions of Ontario universities, including innovative and life-saving research, the economic impact of our institutions in communities and the province, and preparing students and graduates for success in the Canadian labour market.

Phil McColeman, MP of Brantford—Brant, added to Fragiskatos’ welcome, emphasizing the invaluable role of postsecondary education and research to policy-making.

“Everyone in Canada benefits from a strong postsecondary education system,” said McColeman.

“University researchers offer creative solutions to real life situations and issues. They produce authoritative analysis, fresh ideas, and indispensable knowledge that could not come from any other source.”

Later that afternoon in the Senate, Honorable Kelvin Kenneth Ogilvie gave a statement welcoming researchers to Parliament Hill.

“Thousands of talented researchers are quietly changing the world. University researchers often work behind the scenes, steadily progressing towards ambitious new ideas, new ideas that improve public policies and private practice; advance technology, foster a healthier, happier, more prosperous society; build communities; and, generally, make life more interesting,” said Ogilvie.

“Researchers do the work that makes it possible for government, business and community leaders to make smart, informed decisions about a huge range of issues.”

Watch Peter Fragiskatos’ statement in the House of Commons below:

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