University of Waterloo Biologist, Trevor Charles and Evidence for Democracy's Research Coordinator, Alana Westwood examine the shortcomings of Canada's science and innovation approach in this The Hill Times opinion-editorial.
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.
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.