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May 24 2012
Original French Text: http://la-lanterne.eu/chroniques/lettre-ouverte-au-premier-ministre-du-quebec/7220
For 100 days now the students of Québec are protesting tuition increases.
I am writing you a letter that you won’t read, even if you had the time.
Ten years ago, I was brought to the University of Montreal (l’Université de Montréal) to contribute to excellence in the education and research of bioinformatics, an emerging field particularly important for molecular medicine. To make me leave my position as director of research at CNRS in France, I was offered a Canadian research endowment that not only provided me with the funds to conduct my research, but also a $30 000 bonus. Better still, the government of Québec exempted me from provincial income tax for the first five years. I should have been careful, but scientists are very naïve. How can you consider that a government is serious in its support of universities when it exempts the richest from income taxes, my salary being in effect about $100 000?