Canadian government scientists can't speak freely because of meddling: Survey - 2013-10-21
OTTAWA—Political meddling is compromising the federal government's ability to craft fact-based policy, laws and programs, according to a report from the union representing science professionals.
The study, released Monday by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, found 71 per cent of respondents felt that policy has been "compromised" by political interference, while 24 per cent have been asked to exclude or alter information for non-scientific reasons.
Ninety per cent of the 4,069 scientists who responded to the survey said they cannot speak freely about their research to the public or members of the media. A further 37 per cent said they have been directly prevented from speaking about their research to the public and media.