'No Science Please - We're Conservatives'!
OTTAWA — National Science Adviser Arthur Carty is expressing dismay over the Conservative government's decision to terminate his position, saying Canada needs a non-partisan voice for science at the heart of federal power.
Dr. Carty told The Globe and Mail yesterday he decided to retire from the public service after being told his nearly four-year-old position would be phased out.
“I was particularly disappointed about the office disappearing as my hopes had been that I would, as a national science adviser, help make this a permanent institution in the government of Canada at the centre of government as it is in a number of countries,” he said yesterday.
Dr. Carty said he didn't want to wade into partisan politics, but did offer this opinion of the Conservative government: “It does on the surface seem to suggest they want less advice, not more. [...]
The rising concern over the decision comes as several science experts warn that the Conservative government's new approach to science is too focused on making money, leaving questions of ethics and the public good behind in the rush to discover new products.
Globe and Mail
February 2, 2008