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During the last few years the Conservative Government of our country has systematically decimated the science community which depends on the government for support and grants. When the last budget was release tucked away at the back, were some 79 (I think that is the number) cuts to science programs, all of which were providing vital information on the planet we all call home.


Why you might ask, would any sane government do this. Now I am not a scientist, but I do read, and listen. It seems to me that in his effort to push through certain pipelines, and other such projects, Stephen Harper, simply doesn’t want to hear any scientific data which may contradict his stance on a number of issues, and call into question what he is doing to our country. If he doesn’t know, he can then go forward with a “clear” conscious. This is not all about pipelines though. Other research was showing how our planet is changing, this data would also speak to the need for more changes necessary, to prevent further erosion to our ecosystem, changes, I very much doubt our government would want to make.


His excuse for these cuts and others, is always his determination to balance the budget. I’m all for curtailing unnecessary spending, but the programs he has cut were necessary. I won’t go into what he has done to Health and Education; those are topics for another post.


What he has done to the Scientific Canadian community, is not likely to be repaired for many years, if ever. Some great minds have been lost to other countries, I doubt they will return. And the work which has been lost, cannot be measured.


I was very pleased when I saw Fifth Estate had devoted an episode to this tragedy. The linked name will take you to it. I am unsure if those outside of Canada will be able to view the program, but the is an edited version in the link.


Below is a list of all the programs which have been cut. I don’t make many political posts, especially open ones, but I feel very strongly about this. I feel we have a government made up of people, hell bent on their own agenda, and nothing will stop them. They are in no way listening to what ‘we’ who elected them, want them to do. The scandals of the last year, and how they were handled, have certainly shown me, that our PM will carry on regardless, he will push through what he wants, and I see little that can stop him.


Federal programs and research facilities that have been shut down or had their funding reduced.

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sapphire_3
Jan. 15th, 2014 10:28 pm (UTC)
As a Canadian scientist, I have signed so many petitions urging the Harper government to reconsider its significant cuts to scientific funding. I've even participated in protests on Parliament Hill, along with thousands of other scientists.

It is frightening how much urgent, irrefutable evidence of environmental and climatic degradation is being swept under the rug. Have you heard of the Experimental Lakes District in northern Ontario. It provided more information about the impact of fertilizers and industrial pollutants on freshwater systems than any other system in North America. The Harper Government shut it down last year, not because it cost too much - it would have been cheaper to keep it running than to shut it down - but because it was churning out information that could potentially have impeded the growth of Canada's resource based economy. Unbelievable!!

The muzzling of scientists is only going to end in one way: badly. Stephen Harper doesn't seem to realize that, even if he is dead by the time the damage his is implementing becomes realized, his children won't be. They, along with all of our children and grandchildren, will have to live with the consequences of the Harper Government's ignorance and greed.

As you can tell, I am not a Conservative fan. Stephen Harper and his government have to go...
twicet
Jan. 16th, 2014 12:31 am (UTC)
I heard about the Experimental Lakes District in northern Ontario a few years ago, and was stunned that is was included in the cuts. So much information was collected from that project at such a low cost. I do understand it may be saved, if the Feds will work with the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

I am more than sure that Harper just doesn’t want to know this information, that way he can carry on with his own agenda.

They fact he cut, by one third, the funding to PEARL, and at the same time totally cut the funding to CFCAS thereby making it impossible for PEARL to continue, to me, said loud and clear where his priorities are.

I have never been a Conservative fan either, and there is just no way now, I will ever vote for Harper.
spike7451
Jan. 16th, 2014 11:31 am (UTC)
Now I am not a scientist, but I do read, and listen. It seems to me that in his effort to push through certain pipelines, and other such projects, Stephen Harper, simply doesn’t want to hear any scientific data which may contradict his stance on a number of issues, and call into question what he is doing to our country. If he doesn’t know, he can then go forward with a “clear” conscious.

... seems our PM Tony Abbott has a twin, this could be him instead of your PM!!

He doesn't even have a Science Minister in his cabinet. Oh and climate change is a fallacy! He must think so seeing what he's doing to research on it.....

We already know Abbott is trying to silence expert voices on climate change. The first casualty was the Climate Commission, an independent body which communicates climate change science to the public. Abbott also intends to abolish the Climate Change Authority, an independent body which periodically reviews climate policies, whose functions will also be transferred to a department (Environment). And at the last minute of the election campaign, the Coalition announced it would cut $900 million in research grants which they believe to be “futile”.
twicet
Jan. 16th, 2014 06:24 pm (UTC)
Harper has always been a great friend of Abbott's.

We do have a Science Minister, but his record is abysmal, he doesn't have a science background, and he is of course a Harper supporter.

Harper is an economist, and while that is not necessarily a bad thing, he can't think outside of that box. His blinkers are firmly in place, and while he may very well balance the books, the cost is going to be felt for generations to come.

From what you say, Abbott is going the very same route.
spike7451
Jan. 17th, 2014 12:33 pm (UTC)
From what you say, Abbott is going the very same route.

.... unfortunately for us, that seems to be oh so true. :)
lab_jazz
Jan. 16th, 2014 11:38 am (UTC)
What is it with Conservative Governments:/ I though it was just Australia that was having its scientific community decimated by the government, but obviously it's Canada as well.

As I mentioned in one of my posts the Australian Conservative Government as cancelled the contract of all our CSIRO scientists.

It's terrible.
I've never voted for the bastards and never will.
twicet
Jan. 16th, 2014 06:28 pm (UTC)
You could almost think that Harper and Abbott had cooked this plan together!

I had difficulty believing all those programs had been cut, but some research quickly proved that it was the case.

Even Sam, who tends to be more right wing than me, has said there is no way he will vote Conservative, and there is no chance of me doing so.
albertesmor
Jan. 17th, 2014 05:52 am (UTC)
Doesn't sound good.
Is part of this based on religious beliefs? Like has the whole world gone back in time to the good old days, when God took care of everything?

I don't think the government here is giving the scientists trouble, it looks more like they've decided I should pay every debt we might have ;)

twicet
Jan. 17th, 2014 06:10 am (UTC)
There is no way this can have a good outcome. The scientists the country has lost will not be easily replaced, even if Harper wanted to do so.

There is no religious component to any of this, it is driven by one man's economic vision, which seems to me, very one dimensional.

That doesn't sound good! From what I have read you do have high rates of taxation.

*hugs*
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