Scientific community rallies behind NDP proposal for science

2014 11 26
Scientific community rallies behind NDP proposal for science

Important members of the scientific community are endorsing the NDP’s proposal to create an independent science watchdog with responsibility to curb the muzzling of public scientists and provide Parliament with sound information and expert advice on scientific issues.

NDP Science & Technology Critic Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby-Douglas) made the announcement while speaking at the 4th biennial Championing Public Health Nutrition Conference held by the Centre for Science in the Public Interest.

“Science in Canada is at a crossroads. After years of government scientists being muzzled by the Conservatives, this new office will promote real transparency and ensure decisions made in Ottawa are based on the best available scientific evidence,” said Mr. Stewart.

The Parliamentary Science Officer Act, Bill C-558, introduced by Mr. Stewart will be a first practical step to mend the relationship between scientists and politicians, and will give public science a more robust voice in the federal government.

“For too long we have heard that scientific evidence is ignored by policy-makers and that federal scientists are being unduly prevented from sharing their research with Canadians. I’m proud that the scientific community is rallying behind the NDP's proposal for a Parliamentary Science Officer,” said Mr. Stewart.