Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU)

The committee met once this week, on December 7.  Hon. Gary Goodyear, Minister of State, Science and Technology, attended to present information on the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.  After noting its “global reputation for exceptional research” and providing details of its activities, he reviewed a Question Period matter raised by the Member for Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie (the NDP’s Treasury Board critic) about the Institute’s funding, and stated that misinformation on the matter is on the New Democratic Party website, in a news release dated October 31.

NDP committee members explained that they had found irregularities in government accounting for its funding in information from the Parliamentary Budget Office.  Goodyear stated that the accurate source is Public Accounts records, which show no irregularities.  He requested NDP committee members present apologize.