"...because Canadians made it great. The people who built this country worked hard to realize their vision. They set us on a bold course to greater hope and opportunity. They had a passion for the free, prosperous and welcoming country they called Canada.
We stand on their shoulders.
Canada is a powerful idea. We are a modern nation that stands up for Canadian values in this world. We are prosperous and compassionate. Aspirational and welcoming. Independent and strong."
With these words, Canadian Finance minister Jim Flaherty announced the 2007-08 budget yesterday. You can read more praise of the Canadian nation in his speech here, but the really important thing is:
"The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, which is devoted to the study of foundational issues in theoretical physics, is an example of [such] a world-renowned research institute. Since its creation in 1999, the Perimeter Institute has become a leader for Canadian research in the emerging field of quantum physics and a model for science education and outreach. The Perimeter Institute has demonstrated outstanding scientific merit, has a national reach and has received significant funding commitments from the private sector and the Government of Ontario. Budget 2007 provides $50 million to the Perimeter Institute in 2006–07 to support its leading research, education and public outreach activities."
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And while we're at praising - related: In 2007 Waterloo is again among the world's top seven intelligent communities.