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.
Science and Technology Critic
Since being appointed Official Opposition Critic for Science & Technology by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, I've heard from thousands of world-renowned scientists and engineers concerned with the future of research in Canada. As a Member of Parliament, I've worked hard to make the voices of the scientific community heard in Ottawa – opposing reckless government cuts to research funding, defending scientific integrity and evidence-based policy, and fighting against Conservative muzzling of public scientists. And as a New Democrat, I've always put forward practical solutions to get Canada back on track – including a strategy to invest in the knowledge-based economy, a discussion paper Toward A National Science Policy, and a Bill to establish an independent Parliamentary Science Officer.
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?
April 30th, 2014
Conservatives Must Stop Ignoring Ocean Science
January 14th, 2014
IN THE NEWS: Closure of World-Renowned Science Libraries
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.
December 2nd, 2013
IN THE NEWS: The Parliamentary Science Officer Act
The Toronto Star
Since 2006, when Stephen Harper’s Conservatives took power, Canada has earned an international reputation for ignoring scientific advice and silencing government scientists who seek to make their work public. This is, on the face of it, awful. But there is a silver lining, albeit a faint one: without the government’s disregard for evidence and its commitment to keeping Canadians in the dark, we might never have so fully understood the need for an institutional protection against just those traits.
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.
November 18th, 2013
OP-ED: Tory Rhetoric Doesn't Match their Record on Innovation Policy
By Kennedy Stewart, MP
Expert analysis continues to stress that weak innovation policies are putting Canada’s future economic growth and productivity at risk. Most recently, the World Economic Forum’s 2013-2014 Global Competitiveness Report underscored how we need to improve our innovation ecosystem and promote private sector investment in research and development. Despite having advantages when it comes to global competitiveness, our economy still faces challenges when it comes to business innovation.
September 16th, 2013
IN THE NEWS: Scientists Protest the Federal Government, NDP Tables Scientific Integrity Motion
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.
July 19th, 2013
Petition to Save the Centre of the Universe
VICTORIA, BC - Today, Official Opposition Science and Technology Critic Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby – Douglas) and Member of Parliament Randall Garrison (Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca), launched a petition calling on the Government of Canada to restore the funding for public outreach in astronomy and astrophysics at the Centre of the Universe at Saanich’s Dominion Astrophysical Observatory.
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
March 20th, 2013
IN THE NEWS: Motion to Protect the Experimental Lakes Area
November 6th, 2012
Discussion Paper: Toward A National Science Policy
August 27th, 2012
IN THE NEWS: NDP Report on Cuts to Scientific Research
By Mike De Souza, Canada.com
OTTAWA – A $1.3-million reduction in federal research funds will jeopardize $81 million worth of investments in eight facilities that have trained or employed nearly 2,000 scientists, technicians and researchers, but are now at risk of shutting down, says a new report to be released on Tuesday by the federal New Democrats.
August 27th, 2012
NDP Report Documents Cuts to NSERC's Major Resources Support Program
June 5th, 2012
Conservatives Must Stop Muzzling Science and Research
OTTAWA – Today, MPs are debating a New Democrat opposition day motion calling on the Conservative government to stop its senseless attack on science and research. The systematic silencing of scientific research is putting Canada in a dangerous position. Without a comprehensive understanding of scientific evidence, major environmental, social and economic decisions will be made based on ideology instead of fact.