Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today the Government of Canada's intention to support the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea. They intend on showing their support by providing up to $243.5 million over the next 10 years to the project.

The Prime Minister made the announcement following a tour of Vancouver's Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory, and wants to show support to build one of the world's largest observatories.

Although the $243.5 million will go to support the TMT project on Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii, most of the support money will be spent in Canada to create jobs related to the TMT project. In an article recently written by the Prime Minister's website they wrote “The majority of the Government’s support for the TMT will be spent in Canada, creating high-quality jobs related to the construction and assembly of key telescope components, including a precision-steel enclosure by Dynamic Structures Limited, based in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, and cutting-edge adaptive optics technologies, to be developed by the National Research Council in partnership with Canadian companies. As part of the project, dozens of Canadian businesses are expected to develop advanced capabilities and products transferable to future applications in the health, defence and telecommunications sectors – helping to create and maintain high-quality jobs in communities across Canada.”

Canada's significant act of monetary support will secure a viewing share for the researchers and employees in Canada who are now in relation to the TMT project on Mauna Kea.

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