From: Globe and Mail update
by ANNE MCILROY and GREG MCARTHUR
March 18, 2009 at 10:51 PM EDT
OTTAWA and TORONTO — Gary Goodyear, Canada's minister of science, trumpeted the country's scientific achievements in a speech Wednesday but found himself deflecting, for the second day in a row, questions about his commitment to the theory of evolution.
“My view isn't important. My personal beliefs are not important. What's important is that this government is doing the right thing for science and technology – to support science as we have in every single budget,” he said during a brief scrum after a speech to the Economic Club of Canada.
Mr. Goodyear's speech highlighted the need for Canada to improve the commercialization of its many scientific discoveries, and start “moving our research from the universities and the labs to the factory floors and ultimately to the marketplace – where Canadians and people all around the world can then benefit from our discoveries.”