Canadian scientists marched on Parliament Hill this past Tuesday to protest the ongoing campaign by the Harper government to squelch any and all science whose results go against party lines on topics like (and especially) the environment.
Evoking images of the Grim Reaper, protesters held a mock funeral procession through the streets of Ottawa before ending up at the House of Commons.
They chanted: No Science, No Evidence, No Truth, No Democracy.
They were upset with cuts to federal science research and massive changes to environmental laws contained in Bill C-38, the budget bill that passed in June.
“It’s been staggering scientists and citizens who are concerned about the country,” he said.
Bill C-38 controversially overhauled Canada’s environmental assessment and fisheries protection laws. Changes included limiting the time for environmental assessments and narrowing the definition of protected habitat.
Government ministers were also given more discretionary power over environmental reviews.
“It’s pretty clear why the changes were made,” Hutchings said. “They were made to make it easier for ministers to … allow for development to take place out of the limelight of the public eye.”
Yeah, Harper has been that bad, and that irrational, that he’s literally willing to break science so the government doesn’t get the information to tell it that the policies it’s enacting, while money-makers, will come at a disproportionately huge cost to future generations. Short term gain over long-term loss. Humans are already really bad at prioritizing this. Canada used to be better than average at compensating for this human failing. Now it’s decidedly worse.
Among the dozens of other reasons why Harper should not have been voted into a majority position, this one might well cost us the most.