The objective of this initiative is to strengthen the connections between Canada’s scientific and political communities, enable a two-way dialogue, and promote mutual understanding of science and public policy. This initiative aims to help scientists become familiar with policy making at the political level, and for parliamentarians to explore using scientific evidence in policy making. This initiative will not include any discussion of science funding or other forms of advocacy.
The Science Meets Parliament model is adapted from the successful Australian program that is now in its 21st year. Similar initiatives exist in the EU, the UK and Spain.
CSPC’s program aims to benefit the Parliamentarians, the scientific community and, indirectly, the Canadian public.