How muzzling paves the way for dismantling EC and DFO

Here is another case of muzzling by the Harper government that the Information Commissioner can add to her investigation. In February, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) introduced a new policy allowing its managers to suppress scientific publishing. DFO's US-based collaborators rejected the policy outright as an "affront". DFO scientists, naturally, couldn't comment.

The policy opens the door to direct political interference with science, and will ultimately destroy DFO's credibility as a scientific organization. There is a not-so-hidden benefit for Harper: By tarnishing the reputations of organizations like DFO, they become easier to dismantle. Elizabeth May already told Canadians in January that "credible sources" say a merger of EC and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is in the works. With $100 million carved out of DFO's budget over the next three years, can their dismantling be far behind?

See also:

CBC: Canadian federal research deal 'potentially muzzles' U.S. scientists


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