Research Canada Looks Forward to Advancing Health Research and Innovation With New Liberal Minority Parliament

OTTAWA, October 22, 2019 — The Liberal Party of Canada has won their second mandate, claiming 157 seats for a strong minority parliament. Andrew Scheer’s Conservative Party claimed 121 seats, the Bloc Québécois took 32 seats, the NDP won 24, and the Green Party broke ground with three seats.

“We congratulate the Liberal government on its win and look forward to working with new and returning Members of Parliament to advance Canadian health research and health innovation,” said Dr. Robert McMaster, Chair of Research Canada, Vice President of Research at Vancouver Coastal Health and Executive Director of VCH Research Institute.  “We need to continue to push the knowledge frontier to ultimately lay the foundation for innovations that drive the development of new products and services for a global market.”

Over the past four years the Liberal government has taken significant steps towards restoring and advancing Canada’s health research enterprise, including commissioning the Fundamental Science Review under Dr. David Naylor and investing an historic, nearly $4 billion into Canadian research in Budget 2018.

“Research Canada looks forward to continuing our work with the government and all parliamentarians to capitalize on important progress made over the past four years that has lead to a strengthened research and science base which fuels the next generation of innovations, creates new industries, spurs job creation and fuels economic growth,” said Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety, President and CEO of Research Canada.

About Research Canada
Research Canada is a national alliance dedicated to increasing investments in health research through collaborative advocacy and engaging government, academia, industry and non-profit sectors to build support for long-term health research funding. For more information, visit

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