OTTAWA – Today, NDP Science Critic Kennedy Stewart introduced legislation to defend evidence-based policymaking and enshrine scientific freedom into law.
NDP Science Critic
January 28th, 2016
Liberals must reverse Harper's cuts to StatsCan Data
April 24th, 2015
Science E-Newsletter: Federal Budget 2015
Tabled by the Harper Government this past week, Budget 2015 does nothing to reverse their drastic cuts to public science in Canada. While the Conservatives claim to have invested record amounts in research and innovation, in reality they have slashed over $1.1 billion and eliminated 4000 federal researchers since forming a majority in 2011 – according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada.
November 26th, 2014
Scientific community rallies behind NDP proposal for independent science watchdog
September 19th, 2014
All Federal Scientists Should be Un-Muzzled
In a recent piece in Maclean’s, Andrew Leach, Enbridge Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Alberta, offered two criticisms of Motion 453 – my effort to loosen communication restrictions on government scientists. I welcome his thoughts as they continue an ongoing and lively debate sparked by an op-ed he wrote last month entitled: “Un-muzzle the Scientists? Not so fast.”
May 30th, 2014
Questioning the Conservatives on their Reckless Cuts to Science & Technology
Kennedy Stewart Burnaby—Douglas, BC: Mr. Speaker, in just three years, Conservatives have cut over $1 billion in research funding, and they have slashed the jobs of over 4,000 government scientists. Conservatives claimed that the cuts would all be to the back rooms, but Statistics Canada confirms that front-line scientists were eliminated by the thousands. Muzzling scientists, gutting research funding, failing to collect data—this government's poor record and ideological cuts to research are hurting Canada's capacity for innovation. When will the Conservative war on science ever end?
January 13th, 2014
Letter to Minister Shea on the Closure of DFO Science Libraries
The Honourable Gail Shea
Minister of Fisheries & Oceans
Dear Minister Shea,
We are writing to you today to share our concerns regarding the closure of seven world famous DFO libraries, and to seek clarification on the manner in which some of these libraries were closed and how their books and research material were disseminated.
November 21st, 2013
NDP Calls for Creation of Independent Science Watchdog
TORONTO – Opposition Science & Technology Critic Kennedy Stewart announced today a new bill that would give public science a stronger voice in the federal government. MP Stewart’s proposal calls for the creation of an independent Parliamentary Science Officertasked with providing Parliament with sound information and expert advice on scientific issues. Dr. Stewart made the announcement while speaking to the annual Canadian Science Policy Conference.
September 16th, 2013
NDP Tables Plan to End Conservative Muzzling of Federal Scientists
OTTAWA – While public protests take place across Canada to Stand Up For Science, Official Opposition Science & Technology Critic Kennedy Stewart challenged the Conservative government to end its continued muzzling of federal scientists and researchers in government departments. Dr. Stewart’s motion would ensure communications officers, elected officials, and Ministerial staff could no longer restrict public access to government scientists.
July 30th, 2013
Latest Statistics Canada Data Confirms Conservative War on Science
OTTAWA – Today, NDP Science & Technology Critic Kennedy Stewart and Deputy Critic Laurin Liu slammed the Harper Conservatives for continuing their obstinate attack on science in Canada. A new release from Statistics Canada shows that over $350 million is anticipated to be cut in 2013-2014. Adjusting to 2007 dollars, Conservatives have cut S&T spending by 7% since coming to office in 2006.
May 7th, 2013
OP-ED: Science is in Deep Trouble
By Kennedy Stewart, MP (Burnaby-Douglas)
Today Conservative incompetence met Conservative narrow-mindedness.
The re-launch of the National Research Council hosted by the Minister for State for Science and Technology Gary Goodyear shows science is in deep trouble in this country. By choosing to shift towards industry-driven applied research at the expense of scientist-driven basic research, the Conservatives continue to undermine scientific progress - and these policies will adversely impact all of us, including the very industry they purport to be servicing.
April 5th, 2013
NDP Science Critics to Visit Top Washington Officials
November 6th, 2012
Discussion Paper: Toward A National Science Policy
August 27th, 2012