NDP tables real protections for public science
February 4th, 2016 - 1:25pm
OTTAWA – Today, NDP Science Critic Kennedy Stewart introduced legislation to defend evidence-based policymaking and enshrine scientific freedom into law.
"After years of muzzling, mismanagement, and misuse of research by the Conservatives, our scientists need lasting protections in order to finally turn the page on the lost Harper decade," said Stewart. "Canada needs a new science advisor that is independent of the government and reports directly to Parliament. Its mandate needs to be comprehensive and protected by law – like the NDP's proposal for a Parliamentary Science Officer."
MP Stewart tabled two key science proposals today in Parliament:
- The Parliamentary Science Officer Act – which aims to create an independent science watchdog for Parliament.
- Motion 36 on Scientific Integrity – which requires all federal departments and agencies to implement pro-science communication policies.
"The new Minister for Science should get to work drafting ethics legislation that unequivocally ensures the open communication of scientific research throughout government," continued Dr. Stewart, an Associate Professor on leave from Simon Fraser University's School of Public Policy. "In order to get this right, the government's approach should be modelled off the scientific integrity directives implemented by President Obama following years of muzzling by the Bush Administration."
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