Sunday, January 17, 2010

John Baird's Silencing of Scientists Was Only Stage One

It has become very alarming the way that the Harper government has silenced it's critics.

From early on it was pretty clear that Baird as environmental minister would follow the same path as Rhona Ambrose. They weren't interested in the facts. You do as you're told and shut your mouth.

This also fits in with their twisted mentality that if you're educated and an expert in your field, you will be marginalized as a 'university type' or 'elitist' of the 'chattering classes'.

Is this how you advance a nation and plan for the jobs of tomorrow, by silencing our experts? It would appear that Harper and his henchmen do. Things have gotten worse, and Jim Prentice proved to be no better than Baird and Ambrose.

Welcome to Pravda Ca-Na-Da!

'Muzzle' Placed On Federal Scientists
Environment Canada has "muzzled" its scientists, ordering them to refer all media queries to Ottawa where communications officers will help them respond with "approved lines."
By The Vancouver Sun
February 1, 2008

Environment Canada has "muzzled" its scientists, ordering them to refer all media queries to Ottawa where communications officers will help them respond with "approved lines." The new policy, which went into force in recent weeks and sent a chill through the department research divisions, is designed to control the department's media message and ensure there are no "surprises" for Environment Minister John Baird and senior management when they open the newspaper or turn on the television, according to documents obtained by Canwest News Service.

"Just as we have 'one department, one website' we should have 'one department, one voice'," says a PowerPoint presentation from Environment Canada's executive management committee that's been sent to department staff. It laments that there has been "limited coordination of messages across the country" and how "interviews sometimes result in surprises to minister and senior management." ...

IS THIS REALLY YOUR CANADA?

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