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A guest blog by Andrew Park, associate professor of biology at the University of Winnipeg and Green Party candidate in Winnipeg South Centre.

A shorter version of this article originally appeared in University Affairs, and can be viewed here.

Last month, Liberal Science and Technology critic Dr. Ted Hsu introduced a motion calling on the government to stop muzzling federal scientists and create a Chief Science Officer whose responsibilities would include ensuring that federal scientists are able to freely communicate their science to the public.

On Tuesday, Evidence for Democracy launched the Science Pledge, the first part of its wider campaign to make science and evidence-based decision-making a federal election issue this year.

With featured input from Evidence for Democracy, Part 3 focuses on how science can fight back against ideological attacks.

UPDATE: After a full day of debate on government science integrity, the motion failed to pass with a vote of 145 to 119. We made a strong show of support for public science and this debate will go a long way to ensuring that science is an election issue. 

UPDATE: All your tweets and emails worked! This motion to restore science integrity to government science will be debated and voted on in parliament on Tuesday May 26. Email your MP to show your support today!!