Lakritz: Hello, hotline? I'd like to report Stephen Harper - 2015-10-08
If the federal Tories return to power, they've promised to establish a barbaric cultural practices hotline. I'm going to be the first caller — and I want to report Stephen Harper.
He's guilty of quite a few barbaric practices in the federal Tory culture. Take the muzzling of scientists. That's pretty barbaric in a society that values freedom of speech and open access to information about the latest scientific research.
According to the National Observer, we shouldn't expect to see the results before election day, of federal information commissioner Suzanne Legault's two-year-long investigation into the allegations that "federally employed scientists, with expertise from fisheries to fracking, are under a gag order from sharing their taxpayer-paid expertise and scientific findings with the press or public." However, those allegations involve the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans, Defence, Natural Resources, the National Research Council of Canada and the Treasury Board Secretariat.