Federal War on Science closing the ELA – Campbell

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Kenora MP Greg Rickford announcing ELA Funding

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In happier times for ELA, Kenora MP Greg Rickford announcing $850,000 to modernize the ELA

QUEENS PARK – A federal war on science is behind the closure of the Experimental Lakes Area according to Sarah Campbell the MPP for Kenora Rainy River.

The federal NDP and provincial NDP are teaming up to try to save the Environmental Lakes Area. Sarah Campbell, MPP Kenora-Rainy River, is calling on the province to go beyond jurisdictional excuses and commit to a serious effort to save the freshwater research station known as Experimental Lakes Area. 

In addition, Bruce Hyer the independent MP from Thunder Bay Superior North is also working to save the ELA. 

Sarah Campbell – A federal war on science

“Ten days from now, the Experimental Lakes Area is scheduled to close as a result of the federal Conservatives’ war on science,” said Campbell during Question Period in the Ontario Legislature.

“Every time I have raised this issue in the House we’re assured the province is opposed to this short-sighted and politically-motivated decision. However, we’ve yet to hear what concrete steps this government willing to take to prevent the closure of this important research facility.” 

Federal War on Science

Sarah Campbell MPPLast week, the federal government began dismantling buildings at the world-renowned research centre, despite saying it was attempting to find a group or organization willing to take over the facility. 

“Yesterday, in the House of Commons, my federal New Democratic colleagues used an opposition day motion in an attempt to prevent this closure, but it was defeated by a Conservative majority intent on muzzling scientists and ending research on the environment,” said Campbell.

“This is about ground-breaking research, not partisan politics, and people are looking to this provincial government for action, not more letter-writing.”