Source: Toronto Star
Keeping Canadians in the dark by muzzling scientists is undemocratic; governing in the dark is reckless.
Apparently Stephen Harper is unmoved by the embarrassment of international reprobation.
It has been a year since Nature, one of the world’s leading scientific journals, chided the federal Conservatives for their antagonism to openness and declared, “It is time for the Canadian government to set its scientists free.”
Since then, other major international publications, including the Guardian and the Economist, have followed suit, calling on our government to take a more enlightened, democratic approach to scientific findings. Yet clearly not much has changed: the federal information commissioner is now considering a request to investigate the persistent and worsening problem of the government’s so-called muzzling of Canadian scientists.