IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ on direct public investment in R&D in Canada

41st Parliament, 1st Session ~ Context : Question

    M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, dans sa politique d'appui de la recherche et développement, le rapport Jenkins dévoilé hier confirme que la stratégie d'innovation de ce gouvernement est un échec. Ce gouvernement a la pire performance parmi les principaux pays industrialisés pour l'investissement public direct en recherche et développement. Ce gouvernement est parmi les derniers dans le nombre de brevets produits. Il est dernier dans le nombre de diplômés en doctorat et parmi les derniers pour la contribution financière des entreprises à la recherche et développement.

    Qu'est-ce que ce gouvernement va faire pour enfin corriger cette situation lamentable?

    Hon. Gary Goodyear (Minister of State (Science and Technology) (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario), CPC): Mr. Speaker, as I just mentioned, we did launch an R and D panel to review all of the government's programs that encourage small and large businesses to do more research and development. The panel reported yesterday. It is a great report. We are looking at it. It is a very serious issue for Canadians. We are going to give it serious consideration.

    We will improve the quality of life of Canadians because that is what we on this side of the House want.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, on this side of the House we believe in research and development and sound industrial policy. On that side of the House the facts speak for themselves.

    The government has failed on patent development. It has failed on supporting Ph.Ds. The government is pouring billions into blind corporate tax cuts and costly tax credits that have failed to stimulate research and development. Canada is last in direct R and D public investment among all industrialized countries.

    Would the government commit now to increasing direct R and D public investment? We have said it. The reports are saying it. When will the government do the right thing?