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Skelton Speaks at InterVac
Year everyone and a special welcome to Minister Tony Clement and
Parliamentary Secretary David Anderson.
It is my
pleasure to welcome you to Saskatoon and to wish everyone a happy and
healthy New Year. This is the time when we look to the year ahead and to
our future. And today’s investment of up to twenty-five million
dollars in InterVac is about a healthier, more prosperous future for
Saskatchewan and for Canada.
protect the health of Canadian families.
keep our livestock, wildlife and pets healthy.
advance medical and veterinary progress around the world as researchers
strive to find new breakthroughs.
will further strengthen Saskatoon’s growing international reputation for
international vaccine research facility is the first of its kind in North
America. This project represents the increasing importance of teamwork,
as we work together to face new health challenges. Today’s investment
ensures that Saskatchewan will be a leader in global research for many
years to come.
international perspective is important because borders simply cannot
contain infectious diseases. Whether we look next door or around the
world, we find neighbours facing shared challenges. Research today is
global … and it is competitive.
propel Canada to the forefront in the race for new treatments. InterVac’s
success ensures that Saskatchewan will have a prominent position in
Canada’s growing knowledge-based economy. That economy is creating
exciting new opportunities for Canadians, right across the country.
investment of up to twenty-five million dollars ensures that
Saskatoon will be a world leader in vaccine development. Saskatchewan
will benefit through exciting new high-tech job opportunities. These
opportunities will give our best and brightest a new reason to build lives
and careers in Saskatchewan. And, their work will help to keep our people
and animals healthy. This builds on both the research strength at the
University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan’s well-known excellence in
agriculture. Nowhere is the need for new and better vaccines understood
more than right here in Saskatchewan.
We have seen
the challenges first-hand. Saskatchewan had more than sixty per cent
of Canada’s West Nile Virus cases in April of 2004. In 1999, nearly
nine out of ten Canadian tuberculosis cases were found among
Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal community. InterVac will create new solutions
for the people of Saskatchewan, Canada, and the world.
On behalf of
the Government of Canada, thank you to the University of Saskatchewan and
the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization. You are vital players,
on a global stage as
we face the
challenge of infectious diseases, from right here in Saskatoon.