'Harperman, it's time for you to go': Federal scientist put on leave over song - 2015-08-28

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F182.png 'Harperman, it's time for you to go': Federal scientist put on leave over song August 28, 2015, Haydn Watters, CBC News

A scientist with Environment Canada has been put on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation for creating a politically charged protest song about ousting Conservative Leader Stephen Harper.

Tony Turner, a physical scientist at Environment Canada and longtime singer-songwriter in Ottawa's folk music scene, wrote the controversial tune Harperman. Turner was sent home in mid-August, according to his union, over concerns that his song breached Environment Canada's value and ethics code.

The song touches on the Duffy trial, Harper's spat with Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and includes highly political lyrics like "Who muzzles the poor scientist?" and "Won't buy into climate change until it's sold on the stock exchange." Its chorus ends with the blunt line "Harperman, it's time for you to go."

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{{cite news | first = Haydn | last = Watters | title = 'Harperman, it's time for you to go': Federal scientist put on leave over song | url = https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/harperman-tony-turner-scientist-investigation-1.3207390 | work = CBC News | date = August 28, 2015 | accessdate = October 4, 2019 }}