Once again Rick Mercer reminds us how the public are not permitted to see any information that is not 'approved' by Herr Harper.
another week, another story about scientists in Canada being muzzled.
This time it's eggheads up in the arctic studying climate change – a
joint project between the Canadians and the Americans. And of course our
government told them they had to sign a piece of paper saying they
could never discuss their findings in public unless a political staffer
in Ottawa said it was okay which is never going to happen.
Now of course the Canadians did what they were told, they signed on the
dotted line because, well, they want to eat. But the American scientists
went ballistic because, well, they’re Americans and you know what the
Americans are like. It’s freedom of speech this and freedom of speech
that. And the way they were carrying on you'd swear that they had been
transported back in time and dropped behind the Berlin wall at the
height of the cold war. Nope, you're in Canada in 2013. You want to do
science in these parts you better get used to it. And get over
yourselves. It's not like scientists are the only ones being told to
shut up in this country. No, it's everyone.
Remember when Canada used to have a Veterans Affairs Ombudsman? He used
to go on TV every night and scream bloody murder every time the
government abused our veterans. Well, he's gone. They got a new guy in
there now. Do a Google news search, he barely comes up. And then there's
the Cabinet. If scientists have been muzzled, half of the Cabinet has
had their voice boxes removed. And then there’s the backbenchers. They
have taken to communicating with a series of blinks and twitches like in
a hostage video.
So if you are a scientist, don't take it personally, times have changed.
The days of discussing science and your findings in public, they’re
over. It is a bygone era like smoking in the supermarket. This is the
new Canada. Thank you for not talking."
But how many are listening Rick?
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