Be afraid, be very afraid.
The Harper government, worried about what the public would do if it knew the truth, is, like dictatorial master manipulators of the past, muzzling its own federal scientists from
reporting on any findings that it believes might damage its reputation as good managers of our welfare.
An Oct. 22 article in the Globe and Mail states: “The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), which represents 55,000 professional civil servants,
engaged Environics to survey 15,398 government scientists in 40 departments and agencies. The results released on Monday suggest a broad consensus among scientists that they are being muzzled to the detriment of the public.
“According to the survey, 90 per cent of federal scientists do not feel they can speak freely about their work to the media,” Gary Corbett, the president of PIPSC, told a news conference. “But it is even more troubling that, faced with a departmental decision or action that could harm public health, safety or the environment . . . 86 per cent do not believe they could share their concerns with the media or public without censure or retaliation.” The survey had a very robust response rate of 26 per cent.
Scientists are trained to report the facts, and if we the public are not getting the facts, then what are we getting? We’re getting ‘the truth’ according to the Harper government.
Who do you trust?
The article also states that 24 per cent of the scientists were asked to “exclude or alter technical information in federal documents.”
What is going on?
We’re not talking about someone’s opinion here, we’re talking about the facts on our health, safety and environment conducted by scientific professionals. Who is really looking out for our well-being if our own government is telling its own scientists to shut up or ship out?
This government is out of control.
I, for one, am starting to become very afraid.