This opinion piece, written by the executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, discusses the consequences of the Harper government’s recent cuts to academic research funding and its “attempts to dictate what research is done” in universities. The following comment echos the concerns of many:
At the same time, the Obama administration is poised to usher in $6-billion in new funding for the two American granting councils — the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. The fallout? We’re very likely to see many of Canada’s best academics leaving for the US where their research can be properly funded.