Bruce Bolster – Letter to the Winnipeg Free Press

Dear editor:

It is unfortunate indeed that Premier Pallister thinks cuts to Manitoba Universities are an appropriate response to the current economic and health crisis related to the Covid-19 pandemic. What is urgently needed to mount an effective long term response to crises of this sort, both present and in the future, is research on microbiology, infectious diseases, community health science, economics, business and agriculture, to take some examples.  Where exactly is that supposed to happen if not in universities?   Experience in other jurisdictions has consistently shown that those governments that invest in, rather than scaling back on education and research during such crises are those that have the best economic recoveries once the emergency abates.  

sincerely,

Dr. Bruce Bolster
Department of Psychology
The University of Winnipeg