Canada puts commercialization ahead of blue-sky research

Federal budget boosts clean-energy research and university infrastructure.

Canadian finance minister Jim Flaherty yesterday released the country’s 2013 budget, calling it “a plan for jobs, growth and long-term prosperity”, words that will please some of the budget’s main beneficiaries: those working in applied research. But for those who argue that investments in basic research are necessary for innovation and prosperity, “this is a really bad budget”, says James Turk, executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers in Ottawa, Ontario. Read more in Nature.