Canada’s “dark age of science” should be cautionary tale for US

February 10, 2017

Citizens and scientists in the United States should learn from Canada’s time under Prime Minister Stephen Harper in order to lead the fight against ideology over science, write Alana Westwood, Kathleen Walsh, and Katie Gibbs for Nature. The authors recount how Canadians spoke out against previous governmental attempts to reduce research capacity and muzzle scientists. Further, the authors offer tips on how researchers can protect data from government interference and maintain open lines of communication between experts and the public. “Evidence has no ulterior political motives,” the authors conclude. “That is the strength of our movement.” Nature