MP Ted Hsu — In Defence of Science

  • Liberals believe that science works better than slogans.
  • Liberals believe that science is powerful because it welcomes criticism.
  • Liberals believe that Canada needs the honest accounting that comes from science, so we can make smart decisions, and compete in the world.

One of my roles as an Member of Parliament with the Liberal Party is to act as the Liberal critic for Science and Technology. Because of my background as a scientist, it is a position that I hold very seriously. Because of the importance of scientific development to our world, our health, our environment, and our economy, it is an area that I believe affects so much of Canada’s future.

Scientific Research is also an important part of my riding of Kingston and the Islands with research conducted at three post-secondary institutions as well as local industrial sites.

Today’s Opposition Motion Presented by the NDP:

June 1, 2012 — Mr. Stewart (Burnaby—Douglas) — That, in the opinion of the House, Canadian scientific and social science expertise is of great value and, therefore, the House calls on the Government to end its muzzling of scientists; to reverse the cuts to research programs at Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Library and Archives Canada, National Research Council Canada, Statistics Canada, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; and to cancel the closures of the National Council of Welfare and the First Nations Statistical Institute.

 

This is an area that I began championing much earlier this year:

January 2011

February 2011

March 2011

April 2011

 

I also began speaking to this topic in the House of Commons in March, 2012.

Please see the following link for many times I have defended scientific development.

Please visit here to view video of the times that I have spoken out in defence of science.

 

So What is an Opposition Day in the House of Commons?

In short, each official Opposition party is allotted a number of days in the House of Commons where they can bring forward a motion to be voted on.  The Liberal Party supports this Opposition Motion, and goes one step beyond calling for the end of such detrimental actions by the Conservative government by looking to the future and saying:

  • Liberals believe that science works better than slogans.
  • Liberals believe that science is powerful because it welcomes criticism.
  • Liberals believe that Canada needs the honest accounting that comes from science, so we can make smart decisions, and compete in the world.

The Library of Parliament has more details at the following site.

 

What is the difference between a “motion” and a “bill”?

In short, a motion, when passed means that the House of Commons agrees on an opinion. The government is not bound to create policy on that motion. However, when a bill is passed, it becomes a law and policy can/must be developed that supports it.

The Library of Parliament has more details at the following site.silenced Einstein

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