OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 19, 2014) -

This document corrects and replaces the press release that was sent today at 4:31 PM EDT.

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today made the following statement:

"As the Member of Parliament for London West, I am honoured by Prime Minister Harper's confidence in me to serve as Minister of State (Science and Technology). I look forward to continuing to serve my constituents while fostering strong relationships with Canada's world-leading universities, colleges, polytechnics and research institutions.

"I have always believed that investments in science and research create good jobs and drive economic growth. Science, research and development push the frontiers of knowledge, create quality jobs and improve the quality of life of all Canadians.

"That is why I am proud that, under the Harper Government, Canada leads the G7 in support for research at post-secondary institutions. Our government will continue to support Canada's science, technology and research sectors while focusing on moving ideas, products and services from the laboratory to the marketplace faster."

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Contact Information:

Scott French
Director of Communications and Parliamentary Affairs
Office of the Honourable Ed Holder
Minister of State (Science and Technology)

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