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WarHawk109

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#1 11 years ago

CTV.ca News Staff

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the establishment of the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative -- a multimillion-dollar plan to combat the virus that causes AIDS.

"This collaboration between Canada's new government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is going to contribute to the global effort to develop safe, effective, affordable and globally-accessible HIV vaccines," said Harper on Tuesday.

He said the benefits from the joint partnership will be numerous.

"(It) will allow us to accelerate the pace towards the discovery of an HIV vaccine, construct a facility to manufacture promising vaccines for clinical trials, move vaccines to the clinical trial stage more quickly, (and) improve access to an eventual vaccine."

He also said the initiative will help coordinate the activities of Canadian and international researchers so that information can be shared effectively.

Ottawa will pledge $111 million for the AIDS program, while the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will offer $28 million.

"The long-term solution is a vaccine and I think that scientists are in strong agreement that this will be one of the toughest vaccines ever to create and yet it needs to be, therefore, a priority," said Gates.

He said most scientists think that it will take 10 years to find a vaccine.

It's not yet clear what city will host the new facility. The office of Health Minister Tony Clement said the government will accept proposals from the provinces.

Harper endured harsh criticism last summer when he decided not to attend the International AIDS Conference in Toronto.

When asked if he was concerned about being part of a political strategy by the Conservatives to regain favour, Gates said the initiative was still a great thing for the AIDS cause.

"I'm glad to hear that putting research money into AIDS makes people politically more popular," he said, prompting laughter from the audience.

In an interview later on CTV's Mike Duffy Live, Harper said the government had been negotiating for some time with the Gates Foundation, but this was the first time he got to meet the world's richest man.

Harper said his wife, Laureen, considers Gates "the world's sexiest man."

"When she first said that to me, I said really, is that true? I think he's the richest but I never thought of him that way. Laureen said to me, 'when a man has that much money, he's sexy,'" Harper told Duffy.

Tuesday's announcement was applauded by the World Health Organization, the pharmaceutical industry, academics, and the International Aids Vaccine Initiative.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070220/gates_harper_AIDS_070220/20070220?hub=Canada

I applaud this move! We need to see more cooperation like this between gov't and private interests.

Here's hoping we find a cure! :)




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#2 11 years ago

:agreed The best thing about it is that it is a cooperation between government and a foundation because that makes it more probable that if they find a cure it won't be very expensive.




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#3 11 years ago

Stephen Harper spending money on cancer initiatives? He must really want to deflect all that negative reporting on his complete lack of understanding and work on environmental issues. Our (Canada's) "environment" minister, John Baird, did not believe global warming existed until that UN summit a few weeks ago, to which he said he was 'surprised' by their findings.

Now that I think about it though, this is just politicking and pandering before Harper calls an election, half the money will end up in bureaucracy, always is that way here in Canada it seems. Everyday its a new electoral ploy by Mr. Harper, attacking his political opponents at every chance. Today it was condemning a MP whose father-in-law was questioned in relation to the Air India Bombing in '85.

Either way, I'm simply not voting in the next election, none of the parties actually do what they say they will do (like all politicians) and then complain and complain and complain until the system breaks down and they call another election. I hate the Conservatives, the Liberals, the Bloc and the NDP especially, Canadian politics is 100% BS, 100% of the time.

I guess that $111 million the government is pledging came right out of the $140 million they promised the city of Ottawa for a light rail system, and then promptly canceled when their man wasn't elected as mayor or from the numerous other social programs they axed when they came to power. Just musing.




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#4 11 years ago
OctovonEither way, I'm simply not voting in the next election, none of the parties actually do what they say they will do (like all politicians) and then complain and complain and complain until the system breaks down and they call another election. I hate the Conservatives, the Liberals, the Bloc and the NDP especially, Canadian politics is 100% BS, 100% of the time.

Not voting is never an option as then your voice will not be heard at all and you haven't even tried to change things, it's actually like you would be voting for the party which you least approve. In Canadian system a canditate him/herself matters a lot too and not just the party and there are various canditates to choose from: if none of the canditates represent your ideas well, just vote for the one that is closest to your ideas: there's somewhat rarely a canditate that fully represents your own thoughts.

Furthermore, you must take into account what parties exactly promise and if they promise something in word's strictest form, or do they present just a preferred goal. If nothing else, vote for some small party even if your vote would be "wasted": you have voiced your opinion, tried to change things and especially, got yourself a right to complain.

But about the topic itself: no matter the motives of Harper, this project sounds good and it might achieve something significant.




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#5 11 years ago

This is interesting, as Harper didn't even care about AIDS before. He didn't even send an envoy to the international conference this year (which was held in Toronto). But I'm just a bit cynical, its a good move that should be applauded, and you never know what might happen...




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#6 11 years ago

Can't you smell it in the air? Yes, this vicious stench of the upcomming elections.




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#7 11 years ago

Does it matter "why"? No, it matters "that" hes funding and supporting this.




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#8 11 years ago
Octovon;3548865Stephen Harper spending money on cancer initiatives? He must really want to deflect all that negative reporting on his complete lack of understanding and work on environmental issues.

So he's been getting bad press, so what? The media is out of step with the majority of Canadians anyway.

Our (Canada's) "environment" minister, John Baird, did not believe global warming existed until that UN summit a few weeks ago, to which he said he was 'surprised' by their findings.

He still doesn't believe in it IMO, he's just waffling to appear more moderate.

The Conservatives green plan is much less invasive than the Liberals plan to shut down our economy.

Now that I think about it though, this is just politicking and pandering before Harper calls an election, half the money will end up in bureaucracy, always is that way here in Canada it seems.

I agree. But I think what is important is that this is occurring much less than it would under the Liberals, who's plan it was to send BILLIONS of our tax dollars oversees to countries like China.

Everyday its a new electoral ploy by Mr. Harper, attacking his political opponents at every chance. Today it was condemning a MP whose father-in-law was questioned in relation to the Air India Bombing in '85.

All he was doing was quoting an article that brought to light a potential conflict of interest of the MP and the Party itself. I found nothing wrong with Mr. Harper's comments.

Either way, I'm simply not voting in the next election, none of the parties actually do what they say they will do (like all politicians) and then complain and complain and complain until the system breaks down and they call another election. I hate the Conservatives, the Liberals, the Bloc and the NDP especially, Canadian politics is 100% BS, 100% of the time.

Good! We are going to win a majority next election anyway so you don't matter! ;)

I guess that $111 million the government is pledging came right out of the $140 million they promised the city of Ottawa for a light rail system, and then promptly canceled when their man wasn't elected as mayor or from the numerous other social programs they axed when they came to power. Just musing.

Sounds good to me! I love axing social programs.




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#9 11 years ago
WarHawk109;3549823Good! We are going to win a majority next election anyway so you don't matter! ;)

What? Polls put Conservatives and Liberals dead even.




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#10 11 years ago
GuineaPig;3549931What? Polls put Conservatives and Liberals dead even.

Actually they show that the Liberal honeymoon period is over.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070219/counsel_poll_070219/20070220?hub=QPeriod

Minority governments never last that long in Canada, and the Liberals are in no shape to take back government. Just look at how divided they are. There's no chance.

Anyway, the CPC is always underestimated in the polls.




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