uoft23 saidI'm no fan of Harper but seriously, this is a non-story. If the government pays its own scientists or those through 3rd party labs to do research on its behalf, why should those scientists then be allowed to disclose the data? That data belongs to the government of Canada.
If someone believes it should be public there are proper channels to follow. Whistle blower legislation, freedom of information act etc. The idea of allowing public employees to divulge whatever information they decide to is absurd. Scientists are just regular people with biases and agendas. It shouldn't be up to them to decide what research gets trickled to the media.
I agree with what you've stated, but the Harper government HAS been rather heavy-handed regarding access to information requests and information in general.
One has only to look at the f-35 debacle (which, to be clear, I support a unified NATO air force but this really is something we cannot afford in the current economic climate) to see just how difficult it can be to get information out of this government.
The F-35 costs turned out to be grossly (and I'd suggest intentionally, imo) under-estimated. And with Alberta's oil sands being one of Canada's primary economic engines it's pretty obvious what a government's intentions are when a department that (historically) hasn't been muzzled all of a sudden is, when their recent research conflicts with our sacred cash cow.
I agree that on its own it's not a huge deal. But combine it with the general recalcitrance of the Harper government, the omnibus legislation, the cuts to Environment Canada and all the other paper cuts to our system of checks and balances it paints a pretty grim picture of where this country is headed.
Fiscally, we're solid. Socially...we're on thin ice...possibly due to (political) climate change.
MMhmm that's right, I went there }-P