Why Harper Hates Evidence-Based Data - 2013-09-22

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F0.png Why Harper Hates Evidence-Based Data September 22, 2013, Mark Taliano, Huffington Post

For years now, the federal government has been censuring, muzzling, de-funding, and laying off scientists, librarians, archivists, statisticians, and researchers in its efforts vacate government involvement in core research, and to shift its focus to industry-specific needs.

There are three granting councils that allocate federal funding for research in Canada: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC), and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). In constant dollars, from 2007-2013, base funding for SSHR has decreased by 10.1 per cent; funding for NSERC has decreased by 6.4 per cent; and funding for CIHR has decreased by 7.5 per cent. Meanwhile, NSERC funding aimed at "company-specific" problems has increased (between 2001-2012) by 1178 per cent, while success rates for CIHR grants has dropped by 61 per cent.

The government rationale for the de-funding and transfer of funding is that tax payer-funded research should serve the needs of industry. However, the shift in focus corrupts core research by creating research parameters that compromise thorough examinations of any given hypothesis or premise.

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{{cite news | first = Mark | last = Taliano | title = Why Harper Hates Evidence-Based Data | url = https://www.huffpost.com/archive/ca/entry/harper-defund-science_b_3971531 | work = Huffington Post | date = September 22, 2013 | accessdate = September 16, 2021 }}