NDP Leadership Candidates share their vision for Canadian science

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 15:16

E4D invited all four NDP Leadership candidates to share their vision for Canadian science. 



We provided the guiding questions and asked that the leadership candidates share their ideas for the future of science in Canada and the use of evidence in government decision-making.

We extended the same invitations to Conservative leadership candidates during their leadership race but did not receive responses.

All four NDP Leadership candidates pledged to implement the recommendations of the Fundamental Science Review Report to varying degrees, with some focusing on provisions for early-career researchers and funding for investigator-led research.

You can read the full responses, linked below. We’ve highlighted a few of the stand-out concepts from each vision statement.

Charlie Angus

Highlight: Establishment of a Parliamentary Science Officer and evidence-based solutions through an independent National Carbon Budget Council.
Full response [PDF]


Niki Ashton

Highlight: Restructuring the Canadian Research Chair program to support young professors and longer term funding for programs like the Climate Change and Atmospheric Research program.
Full response [PDF]


Guy Caron

Highlight: Most pressing change is a shift towards investigator-led research and focusing on increasing funding for science.
Full response [PDF]


Jagmeet Singh

Highlight: Investments in fundamental research that build an equitable economy and benefit workers and communities.
Full response [PDF]

Note: All candidates were invited to submit a 200 word response. We originally posted a longer response by Niki Ashton which was an error on our part.  

Kathleen Walsh

Director of Policy

Kathleen Walsh is driven by a passion for social innovation and finding ways to make policy more effective, inclusive, and based on robust evidence. She serves as Evidence for Democracy's Director of Policy, and was previously the organization's Interim Executive Director.