It’s one of those things that you wish you hadn’t seen- like a terrible car crash that you drive past.
Today, our members of parliament debated a motion put forward by NDP Science and Technology critic, Kennedy Stewart. The motion reads as follows:
That, in the opinion of the House,
a) public science, basic research, and the free and open exchange of scientific information are essential to evidence-based policy-making;
b) federal government scientists must be enabled to discuss openly their findings with their colleagues and the public;
c) the government should maintain support for its basic scientific capacity across Canada, including immediately extending funding, until a new operator is found, to the world-renowned Experimental Lakes Area Research Facility to pursue its unique research program.
The governing conservative party cheered as they defeated the motion, 157 against to 137 for. That’s right- a majority of our parliamentarians, every single one of them conservative, voted against this motion. Want to see how your MP voted? You can find out here. Maybe they would like to explain to you why they voted the way they did.
I've always scoffed at the term 'America Jr.' for Canada, but with a government like this, it's actually pretty apt.