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March 31, 2006
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Skelton Announces Investment
for Phase II Beamlines
Good afternoon. Acknowledge MC (Daniel Watson) and other
speakers (Minister Eric Cline and Dr. Thomlinson), and guests.
I am very pleased to be here again at this Canadian Light
Source synchrotron. I’m very impressed with the facility and amazed at the
construction going on. After all, the construction is why we’re here
First, I would like to re-iterate the fact that over the
coming weeks and months, the Government of Canada will focus on five key
priorities for Canadians. This Government is committed to:
cleaning up government by enacting and enforcing the
Federal Accountability Act;
lowering taxes for working Canadians; starting by reducing
protecting Canadian families and communities by
strengthening the justice system;
supporting parents’ child care choices through direct
assistance; and by creating more daycare spaces; and
delivering the health care that Canadians and the people of
Saskatchewan need, when they need it, by establishing a patient wait times
guarantee with the provinces.
This amazing structure — which houses the only synchrotron
in Canada — will also contribute to healthier communities, and a better
quality of life. The Government of Canada is investing in facilities that
will maximize Canada’s unlimited potential in applied research.
Western Economic Diversification Canada will invest 3.5
million dollars to construct seven new phase two beamlines at the Canadian
Light Source. This complements the 1.5 million dollars WD announced at the
grand opening of the CLS.
Western Economic Diversification Canada’s total investment
in these seven new beamlines is five million dollars.
Federal funding will flow through the Canada-Saskatchewan Western Economic
WD’s support for these beamlines is based on their use for
industrial purposes and practical commercial applications.
This reflects the Government of Canada’s priorities to create jobs,
opportunities and prosperous communities.
Our Government’s philosophy is that increased promotion of
applied research is an essential component of Canada’s future economic
well being. The Government of Canada is committed to economic development
in all regions of the country.
But naturally, as Minister of Western Economic
Diversification, my priority is to focus on projects that will benefit
I am extremely proud of the research facilities we have in
this province —particularly those at the U of S and Innovation Place. I do
not pretend to understand the science behind the research at the Canadian
…But I can appreciate the idea of synchrotron technology
“shedding new light” on the composition of materials and objects.
There are numerous practical, everyday uses for the new
diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions including cancer;
wear-resistant coatings for engines;
molecular design of new drug therapies; and
development of new micro and nano devices such as fibre optic connectors
and implanted hearing aids.
The future looks bright for every Canadian who will benefit
from this expanded research. Whether it is enhanced medical diagnostics,
new drug therapies or the practical applications of reduced engine wear on
our vehicles, Canadians will see personal and practical benefits from this
research in their daily lives.
It is my job — and why I am here today — to relay that
message to you — my constituents.
I look forward to continuing the good working relationship
I have with my provincial and municipal colleagues. I have also been
meeting WD’s partners such as universities, and Saskatchewan economic
As the provincial representative in Cabinet, my first
priority is to serve my constituents and to represent your interests in
the House of Commons. If we work together and take a common sense approach
to issues, we will build a stronger west, a stronger Canada.