August 24, 2015

The Dupuis List: The CPC War on Science

It seems like the appropriate time to repost this from Unpublished Ottawa.   Yes, it’s a partisan gesture – but I’ve never gotten over the killing of the long-form census at the beginning of this government’s term.  I just didn’t realize at the time that it was part of a larger strategy.

This blog post written by Jean Dupuis, a Canadian scientific librarian, is a couple years old, but I thought I would share it with Canadians because of the incredibly long list of attacks on Canadian science that it documents.

This is a brief chronology of the current Conservative Canadian government’s long campaign to undermine evidence-based scientific, environmental and technical decision-making.

A long list of various environmental programs that the Harper government has discontinued or slashed funding to is here. I haven’t found individual media stories about all of them, so they aren’t in the list below.


Because it takes so much room, I’m posting the full list (though it only goes to Oct 2014) below the fold.  Click on “Read more”.

Update 2013.05.27: Undated list of science or environmental libraries closed is here: Natural Resources Canada is set to close six of fourteen libraries in 2012-2013, Parks Canada will consolidate 5 libraries into one, Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. Undated list of women’s programs cut since 2006, including many science or health-related, including: Assisted Human Reproduction Canada, Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health

This list is no doubt incomplete. There may also be link errors or duplications.

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  1. Now, not all areas of science funding has been cut by this government. Funding has actually increased for my field, physics, and large experiments and facilities such as SNOLAB that look good in pictures and on newscasts. However, the government is motivated by pretty pictures and press releases, and has criminally muzzled many important international projects and long-term data collection initiatives if they even sense that there will provide data with regards to public policy. Idiotic.

  2. We know, of course, that many conservatives have grave doubts about the promises of the climate change crowds and global warming enthusiasts. Personally I’d prefer to take the PM a more hard line like the Australians recently, or the UK. They know that the global “warming” cult or the climate “change”really initiatives by the UN or many socialist governments is not about the climate: it is about the destruction or severe curtailing of capitalism.

    More on this, for example here

    Where are the anti-oil-import activists blocking boats with oil from the Middle East arriving on Ontario or Quebec shores ? Why do we allow it yet block Energy East pipeline ? As we see in Europe or in Ontario the green crowd burdens society with enormous energy costs under the dubious promises of “it is good for the climate in 100 years .. maybe” while reducing competitiveness, killing manufacturing jobs and spoiling beautiful landscapes with 100’s of ugly windmills.

    As such many, but perhaps not all, of the listed conservative initiatives are to be applauded as much money is wasted on useless stuff. We can debate details, of course.