Ouch! Saturday’s New York Times carried a scathing editorial regarding the Canadian government’s and, in particular, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s attempts to silence scientists. In no uncertain terms the editorial called out Harper on his penchant for making it hard for scientists to communicate information that may not be to his government’s benefit. “Over the last few years, the government of Canada — led by Stephen Harper — has made it harder and harder for publicly financed scientists to communicate with the public and with other scientists.”
This is more than an attack on academic freedom. It is an attempt to guarantee public ignorance.
Citing Harper’s enthusiasm for the Alberta “Tar” Sands pipeline project (the Times uses “tar”, those in favor of the pipeline call them “oil” sands), the editorial states “The Harper policy seems designed to make sure that the tar sands project proceeds quietly, with no surprises, no bad news, no alarms from government scientists.”
Did I say Ouch? That’s gotta sting Mr. Prime Minister…
The full editorial is below.