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Canadian Scientists Calling For Increased Federal Funding

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Thousands of scientists sign letter urging the federal government to increase funding for graduate students and post-doctoral scholars.

Hundreds of scientists and researchers will be gathering on Parliament Hill this afternoon to call for better pay.

Organizers of the ``Support our Science'' rally say the group will present a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his science minister that has been signed by thousands of scientists.

The group says while graduate and post-doctoral scholars get federal funding from three agencies, it often amounts to less than minimum wage. 

As a result, many scientists decide to leave the country or their line of work. 

The group says graduate students and post-doctoral scholars provide the majority of post-secondary research in Canada. 

Organizers are urging the federal government to bump funding by 48 percent in order to match inflation since 2003, and create more graduate scholarships and post-doctoral fellowships. 

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