With an overwhelming majority of federal scientists now saying that they do not feel free to speak to the media about their work, the Harper government can no longer credibly claim that it does not “muzzle” scientists. Whether by implicit or explicit policy, the current government’s record on silencing public interest science at Environment Canada, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Natural Resources and elsewhere speaks for itself – even if federal scientists can’t.
Luckily, the government has a remedy at hand to restore some of the confidence and trust of both scientists and the public – at least on the issue of muzzling:
- Remove the excessive controls placed on the freedom of scientists to speak (both internally and externally), especially on issues of public health, safety and protection of the environment; and
- Strengthen and enforce current whistleblower provisions to ensure that scientists are protected when presenting evidence that supports public health, safety and protection of the environment.
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