MPs debate motion to "un-muzzle" federal scientists

May 27, 2015

Canada's Members of Parliament yesterday debated a motion introduced by the Liberal Party to "immediately rescind all rules and regulations" that have "constrained" the freedom of federal sciences to share their research. The motion also calls for the creation of a Chief Science Officer whose role would be to ensure that "government science is freely available to those who are paying for it, namely, the public." A statement from the Canadian Association of University Teachers urged MPs to support the motion. “To serve the public interest, scientists must be free to speak without censorship or control by the government of the day," said CAUT Executive Director David Robinson. CBC | CAUT News Release