Crunch time for Canada’s role in mega-telescope

Canadian astronomy is setting itself up to be dissappointed, methinks. Not only are CDN astronomers looking for $300M for the TMT (which is an excellent project that Canada needs to be part of to maintain out leadership in Astronomy) but they are also looking for similar money for the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) radio telescope. I have a hard time seeing both funded but I really really hope they are,

Canadian astronomers have been a driving force in the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project since planning began more than a decade ago. But now, as clearing begins on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, where the mighty telescope will sit, they risk being left out in the cold. As early as next month, the Canadian government is expected to release its 2015 budget — and if it does not contain the Can$300 million (US$236 million) that astronomers are asking for the TMT, Canada may become a bit player in the project that it has helped to lead for so long.