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Budget 2010 and Postdocs

March 24, 2010
 
Postdoctoral Scholars across Canada have been trying to get the word to the Canadian Government about the impact of the 2010 Federal Budget. We feel that we are getting some traction, as evidenced by the following recent exchanges in Parliament.  We have summarized a few key comments here. 

We still have a long way to go to educate the government as to who postdocs are, our role in research, and our challenges in the current system.  Please consider writing your own MP to educate them on your personal situation.
We have come up with the following FAQ to help you discuss some of these issues with your MP.
 
 
March 12, 2010
 
The Liberal Party's take on the Budget- The effect on postdoctoral fellows are specifically mentioned! 
 
 
March 11, 2010
 
Voici la traduction de la pétition en français. Merci à Mélanie Debiais et Charles Varin de l'Université d'Ottawa pour leur aide.
La pétition peut être signé ici.
 
 
March 9, 2010
 
The Ministry of Finance has, with the introduction of the 2010 Federal budget, clarified that post-doctoral fellowships will be taxable and are not eligible for the scholarship exemption, see page 349 at the following link. http://www.budget.gc.ca/2010/plan/toc-tdm-eng.html

CAPS has released the following statement (view online) in response to the budget announcement.  CAPS has also generated an online petition outlining the disincentives this change places into the career progression of postdocs, and provide some recommendations for improvements, please view and sign if you agree with the recommendations.
 
In response to the Federal Budget, we feel that it is important that members of Parliament hear directly from the postdoctoral fellows who are impacted by their decisions. Thus, we have drafted a letter (view online) that can be used to send to your individual MP.  It allows you to personalize the letter as you see fit. This is your opportunity to have your voice heard.
 
If you do not know who the member that represents you is, you can click on the below link to find out your MP and their contact information:
 
  
CAPS has also been approaching members of Parliament on this issue.
 
 
 
Here is some more information on who you may wish to contact:
  

Federal Members of Parliament Offices:  

 

Prime-Minister

Right Hon. Stephen Harper

Hill Office

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

Telephone:   (613) 992-4211

Fax:     (613) 941-6900

EMail:  HarpeS@parl.gc.ca

Web Site: www.pm.gc.ca/

Preferred Language:   English

                       

Constituency Offices

1600 - 90th Avenue SW, Suite A-203

Calgary, Alberta

T2V 5A8

Telephone: (403) 253-7990

Fax: (403) 253-8203

Hon. Jim Flaherty

Hill Office

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

Telephone:       (613) 992-6344

Fax:     (613) 992-8320

EMail:     FlaheJ@parl.gc.ca

Web Site:  www.jimflaherty.com/

Preferred Language:   English

                       

Constituency Offices

204-701 Rossland Road East (Main Office)

Whitby, Ontario

L1N 8Y9

Telephone: (905) 665-8182

Fax: (905) 665-8124

 

Leader of Liberal Party

Michael Ignatieff

Hill Office

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

Telephone:       (613) 995-9364

Fax:     (613) 992-5880

EMail:     IgnatM@parl.gc.ca

Web Site:   www.michaelignatieff.ca/en/

Preferred Language:   English

                       

Constituency Offices

656 The Queensway

Etobicoke, Ontario

M8Y 1K7

Telephone: (416) 251-5510

Fax: (416) 251-2845

Leader of New Democrat Party

Jack Layton

Hill Office

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

Telephone:       (613) 995-7224

Fax:     (613) 995-4565

EMail:     LaytoJ@parl.gc.ca

Web Site:      www.npd.ca/jacklayton

Preferred Language:   English

                       

Constituency Offices

221 Broadview Avenue , Suite 100 (Main Office)

Toronto, Ontario

M4M 2G3

Telephone: (416) 405-8914

Fax: (416) 405-8918

Leader of Bloc Quebecois

Gilles Duceppe

Hill Office

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

Telephone:       (613) 992-6779

Fax:     (613) 954-2121

EMail:    DucepG@parl.gc.ca

Preferred Language:   French

                       

Constituency Offices

1200 Papineau Avenue, Suite 350

Montréal, Québec

H2K 4R5

Telephone: (514) 522-1339

Fax: (514) 522-9899

Leader  of Green Party

Elizabeth May

Saanich - Gulf Islands Green Party Community Centre
101-2417 Beacon Avenue, Sidney BC, V8L 1X5
Phone: 778-426-4494
 

 

Website: http://www.elizabethmay.ca/contact/

Email: emaytowin@greenparty.ca
Quadra Office
3588 Quadra Street, Victoria BC V8X 1H2
Phone: 250-590-4205

Ottawa-Vanier

Hon. Mauril Bélanger

Hill Office

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

Telephone:       (613) 992-4766

Fax:     (613) 992-6448

EMail:    BelanM@parl.gc.ca

Web Site:   www.mauril.ca/

Preferred Language:   French

                       

Constituency Offices

168 Charlotte St, Suite 504

Ottawa, Ontario

K1N 8K6

Telephone: (613) 947-7961

Fax: (613) 947-7963

Ottawa-Nepean

Hon. John Baird

Hill Office

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

Telephone:       (613) 996-0984

Fax:     (613) 996-9880

EMail:           BairdJ@parl.gc.ca

Web Site:      www.johnbaird.com/

Preferred Language:   English

                       

Constituency Offices

418-2249 Carling Avenue (Main Office)

Ottawa, Ontario

K2B 7E9

Telephone: (613) 990-7720

Fax: (613) 993-6501

Ottawa-Center

Paul Dewar

Hill Office

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

Telephone:       (613) 996-5322

Fax:     (613) 996-5323

EMail:          DewarP@parl.gc.ca

Web Site:     www.pauldewar.ca/

Preferred Language:   English

                       

Constituency Offices

1306 Wellington Street, Suite 304 (Main Office)

Ottawa, Ontario

K1Y 3B2

Telephone: (613) 946-8682

Fax: (613) 946-8680

Ottawa-Orleans

Royal Galipeau

Hill Office

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

Telephone:       (613) 995-1800

Fax:     (613) 995-6298

EMail:         GalipR@parl.gc.ca

Web Site:    www.royalgalipeau.ca/en

Preferred Language:   French

                       

Constituency Offices

255 Centrum Blvd.

Orléans, Ontario

K1E 3W3

Telephone: (613) 834-1800

Fax: (613) 590-1201

Ottawa-South

David McGuinty

Hill Office

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

Telephone:       (613) 992-3269

Fax:     (613) 995-1534

EMail:             McGuiDa@parl.gc.ca

Web Site:       www.davidmcguinty.com/

Preferred Language:   English

                       

Constituency Offices

2141 Thurston Drive, Suite 205

Ottawa, Ontario

K1G 6C9

Telephone: (613) 990-8640

Fax: (613) 990-2592

Gatineau

Richard Nadeau

Hill Office

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

Telephone:       (613) 992-4351

Fax:     (613) 992-1037

EMail:           NadeaR@parl.gc.ca

Web Site:      www.richardnadeau.org (in French only)

Preferred Language:   French

                       

Constituency Offices

430 Blvd de l'Hopital, Suite 200-A (Main Office)

Gatineau, Québec

J8T 1T7

Telephone: (819) 561-5555

Fax: (819) 561-0005