Some Government Scientists Feel Muzzled

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  • We elect our governments in Canada. It is obvious that Government scientists are employees, unionized or not. If the government of the day, in its stewardship of Canada, chooses to limit disclosure of the findings of government employed scientists, then we the electorate, have a choice at the ballot box. Maybe the current government should improve its communication skills relating to the professionals it hires, or they risk looking like they make irrational decisions.

    Jim Kirby | June 4, 2015 | Reply

  • I am somewhat inclined to suspect,considering the way that the current gov’t has been known to operate, that the Scientists have chosen this issue as their hill on which to die because they can make a very good sounding case in support of their position …The relationship between the Scientists and the Harper administration has clearly been rocky for quite some time and the former probably realize that, on this issue, they can appear to be on the ‘side of the angels’.

    bob mackenzie | May 24, 2015 | Reply

  • Federal Government Scientists have not asked for in any interview or conversation I have heard asked to have unfettered freedom to speak but the ability to attend conferences submit research results and collaborate with colleagues from other countries is essential for the continuing development of good government policy.

    Under the current climate of repression we are forming policy in a vacuum of ignorance and our long-term ability to make informed decisions is being seriously compromised.

    Governments should not make policy decisions that are contrary to the best information available because the consequences run far past the best before date of any government.

    Hugh d'Entremont | May 22, 2015 | Reply

    • Hugh thank you for the comment. I specifically suggested to Peter Bleyer that they are seeking the ability to publicly contest government policy. He would not deny that that they do. That said, I agree that many legitimate requests by scientists are being denied.

      Bill

      Bill | May 23, 2015 | Reply