Ostensibly it is all about cost savings and moving on to more modern forms of digital content delivery.
Whatever the rationale, in recent years Mr. Harper’s government closed several federal research libraries, the contents of which: books, journals, other print material, mostly ended up in dumpsters.
Meanwhile, it appears that only a small fraction of the destroyed material has been digitized.
This wholesale destruction of knowledge is simply appalling. Not trying to draw any false analogies here but nonetheless, images of Nazi book burning come to mind. And one has to wonder: is it simply a result of ignorance, is it a sign of this government’s ideology-inspired contempt for science, or is it something more sinister, specifically targeting areas of research the results of which are incompatible with the conservative political agenda?
Whatever it is, a government that is trying to save taxpayer money by burning or trashing books is not fit to govern. I even wonder if they can be trusted to clean a cat’s litter box.