Let government scientists speak freely about their research

silenced EinsteinIn December 2011, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration handed down an administrative order allowing its scientists to speak freely – to speak freely with the media and the public – even speak freely about policy implications of their research. But no Canadian government scientists have freedom of speech.  If they want to talk to a reporter about their work studying salmon or glaciers they have to get permission from a minister’s political staff.

I challenge the Conservative government to reform itself. Do a better job of supporting scientists and supporting free speech by letting Canadian government scientists, who study the natural world, talk about nature.

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