Muzzling scientists

Nothing demonstrates the Harper government’s contempt for real facts and impartial analysis more than their attitude towards scientists in the employ of the Federal Government.

While technically, being their employer, it is within the government’s rights to tell scientists what they can or cannot tell the public or the press, the extent to which Mr. Harper tries to control the message is frightening.

This is yet another example of the Harper government creating lasting damage, fundamentally underlying the integrity and trustworthiness of our government institutions. When a government scientist speaks to the public the next time about a politically controversial topic such as the changing climate (which really shouldn’t be politically controversial, but that’s a story for another day) you feel compelled to wonder: is the scientist telling the real story, or is he simply delivering a message of his political masters?

It should not be this way. Science has only one real currency: its integrity. And government should not be trying to shape the facts; it should shape policy to match the facts.

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