By E4D volunteers: Sujata Manandhar, Stéphanie B.M. Cadeddu, and Yuan Chao (Tim) Xue

In a world saturated with information, good evidence matters. As misinformation (false or misleading information) becomes increasingly prevalent, it will become even harder to identify credible and trustworthy evidence. A lack of good evidence undermines our ability to make informed decisions—from what to eat to who to vote for—threatening both our personal lives and the health of our democracy.

With this in mind, Evidence for Democracy (E4D) launched Evidence Matters in March 2023, their first public awareness campaign to empower Canadians to navigate evidence in everyday life.

In a new survey, we find that nearly half of Canadians are dissatisfied with government transparency on the factors that influence policy decisions, and eight in ten Canadians want to see key evidence used in government decision-making so they can evaluate it for themselves

During the Evidence Matters campaign in March 2023, many asked about what they can do when they see false advertising or exaggerated product claims. Bill Jeffery, the Executive Director of the Centre for Health Science and Law and member of E4D's Network of Experts, weighs in.

Today, the Government of Canada tabled its 2023 budget. After spending the past few weeks managing expectations and signaling fiscal restraint, Minister Chrystia Freeland unveiled a budget with new spending focused on health and dental care, as well as clean energy. Against the backdrop of a national affordability crisis, the budget also contains targeted inflation relief measures, including a one-time “grocery rebate” for eligible households.

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