Strong Science, Strong Democracy

Canada’s commitment to making decisions based on evidence, not politics, helped to build our prosperity and make Canada one of the safest, healthiest and best educated countries in the world. However, in recent years, our federal government has turned away from science, putting all of this progress at risk.
 
Here you will find story after story showing how science makes our country strong and examples of how that strength is being undermined by politics.
 
Browse the stories and judge for yourself. If you agree we can do better, join us in standing up for science and smart decision-making.
 
You can restore the science needed for a strong democracy by taking our pledge and committing to vote for candidates who will choose evidence over politics to uphold the security, health and prosperity of all Canadians.


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Government renews support for national physics lab
2015

Communication restriction

Environment Canada denies permission for interview with scientist
2015

Funding cut

Canadian Neutron Beam Centre to be closed in 2018
2015

Communication restriction

Environment Canada prevents interview with leading algae expert
2014

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Prime Minister Harper voices support for vaccinations
2014

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Closure

Cereal Research Centre closed after 89 years
2014

Funding cut

Seven research libraries closed, materials discarded
2014

Policy decision that disregards evidence

Health Minister prohibits use of heroin as medical treatment
2013

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Environment Minister Aglukkaq unclear on climate change
2013

Funding cut

Kamloops agricultural research station closed after 80 years
2013

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Research Council shifts focus away from basic science
2013

Communication restriction

Information Commissioner investigates restrictions on government...
2013

Communication restriction

New publication rules for Fisheries and Oceans scientists
2013

Communication restriction

Government internal memo accuses researcher of bias
2013

Communication restriction

Canadian Ice Service prevented from reporting on low ice levels
2012

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Funding cut

Health Canada cuts all funding for the National Aboriginal Health...
2012

Closure

Cuts to monitoring team mean clean air regulations can't be enforced
2012

Closure

Conservative government cuts marine toxicology research
2012

Funding cut

Medical imaging research cut at National Research Council
2012

Policy decision that disregards evidence

Conservative government guts Fisheries Act against scientists' advice
2012

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Funding cut

Arctic research station tracking record ozone hole loses funding
2012

Policy decision that disregards evidence

Government withdraws from Kyoto Protocol on climate change
2011

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Environment Canada scientist prevented from speaking about pollution...
2011

Funding cut

Funding for primary academic research declines
2011

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Privy Council Office prevents scientist from talking to media about...
2011

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Communication restriction

Environment Canada scientist closely monitored by government...
2011

Policy decision that disregards evidence

Canada delayed listing asbestos as a health hazard in international...
2011

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Privatization of NRC Research Press reduces public access to Canadian...
2011

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No new species protected under Species at Risk Act since 2011
2011

Funding cut

Canadian weather and climate data in jeopardy
2010

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Policy decision that disregards evidence

Canada rejects international call for evidence-based drug policies to...
2010

Policy decision that disregards evidence

Conservative government abolishes mandatory long-form census
2010

Communication restriction

Scientist prevented from speaking to media about 13,000-year-old flood...
2010

Funding cut

Cuts to federal science library mean reduced access to scientific...
2010

Funding cut

Cuts to National Research Council mean reduced access to science
2010

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80% fewer reports on climate change following new media policy, says...
2008

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Nuclear Safety Commission president fired for refusing to re-open...
2007

Funding cut

Circumpolar ambassador dismissed, position eliminated
2006