Letters to the Editor

Science shouldn't be kept quiet

To the Editor,

How can the government muzzle scientists? Such rules should not even be legal.

The public service works for Canadian taxpayers, not some political party. A political party should only be able to muzzle employees who are paid out of party funds. Employees paid by taxes should be free to inform taxpayers in most circumstances. Naturally there would need to be limited exceptions. For example the person typing up the next budget cannot be allowed to leak its contents. However, such restrictions should be special cases and of limited duration. In all other cases the taxpayers have every right to know what our employees are doing and what they have discovered.

Having those in authority gagging scientists, like the church’s treatment of Galileo, is not the enlightened and transparent government we were promised. Its going back to the dark ages.

Steen Petersen
Nanaimo

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