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Top medical journal slams Harper budget

Group says proposed stimulus could trigger brain drain of top research talent

The Canadian Medical Association Journal is less than impressed with the recent federal budget:

Canada’s leading medical journal is urging scientists and doctors to push Ottawa to improve funding for research, calling the recent federal budget “short-sighted” and saying it could trigger a brain drain of top talent.

In an editorial published yesterday, the Canadian Medical Association Journal warns the Conservative government’s stimulus package invests too heavily in “volatile” resource-based industries – shovels instead of test tubes – missing a chance to invest in large-scale Canadian research that puts in peril years of recruitment of top doctors and scientists.

The editorial notes cuts to Canadian research come as both Britain and the United States pump money into research, particularly under Barack Obama’s administration, saying the trend “makes for an embarrassing comparison with Canada.”