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Public concern surrounding the state of science and evidence-based decision-making in Canada has risen dramatically in recent years. In response to these concerns and in anticipation of the upcoming election, Evidence for Democracy distributed a science policy questionnaire to all major party leaders to gain insight into how they plan to address these issues if elected.

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Across the country, Canadians are working to make sure that public-interest science and smart decision-making get the attention they deserve during this federal election campaign. 

At Evidence for Democracy, we take a broad view of science, one that includes a variety of means of establishing and testing knowledge. We promote the use of evidence in government decision-making with the conviction that this will lead to decisions that serve the public interest. And we understand that good decisions rely on input from both the natural and social sciences.

A question about science policy has never been asked at a federal leaders’ debate. Now more than ever that has to change.

This opinion piece by Evidence for Democracy's Dr. Katie Gibbs and Alana Westwood was originally posted in the Toronto Star.