One of the Harper majority's first acts was to begin eliminating environmental monitoring capabilities at Environment Canada, including killing their ozone science group only months after the very first Arctic ozone hole was discovered. They even muzzled the scientists, preventing them from speaking on an issue with implications for the health and safety of Canadians.
Since that time the Harper government has brought down widespread and draconian cuts (see here and here), and expanded their attack on scientific capacity in Canada to include the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS), the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL), the Kluane Lake Research Station, and the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE). They branded environmentalists as "radicals", cut off funding to the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN), and targetted charities which they accused without evidence of laundering money. Environmental protection legislation was gutted using omnibus budget legislation, with casualties including the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA, resulting in the cancellation of 3000 environmental assessments), the Fisheries Act, and more.
Almost no aspect of Canada's environmental defenses has been left untouched. The actions of the Harper government have been variously called the death of evidence, an assault on reason, and a war on science itself.
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