Say Goodbye To Science, Government of Canada

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On Wednesday, Industry Canada confirmed that national science adviser Arthur Carty would be retiring on March 31, and that the position and office would be phased out[…]

[…]”Having someone in a position to advise the prime minister or a cabinet minister gave me more confidence in the process,” Smol said. “There’s so little of this contact between the scientific community and politicians. If you remove one of those major contacts, I don’t see it as a positive thing.”

What’s sad is, Carty was the first national science adviser in Canada – whose appointment started in only 2004. His job was:

  • To support international research and development activities and to provide advice on global science and technology issues where relevant to Canada’s national interests;
  • To consider how to promote a strong culture of science, technology and innovation in Canada; and
  • To provide advice on how the government can better support and benefit from science conducted inside government.

Alas, how can our country’s government possibly justify permanently phasing out this important position?

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3 Responses to “Say Goodbye To Science, Government of Canada”

  1. Vinci Au

    Yes, politicians should be in touch with scientists but I believe being in touch with a panel is probably more effective than being in touch with just ONE. How is one scientists supposed to advise the leader of an entire country of all things science related?

  2. Dave Semeniuk

    Great question. I don’t think one scientist possibly could. However, like other similar government correspondents, the office of the National Science Adviser consists of a group of people, led by Arthur Carty (it isn’t one guy sitting in some crumbling, rat infested, flooded basement office in the deepest depths of Parliament)

  3. Churmy Fan

    My question is how effective was he? because if the government doesn’t care about it enough to keep the position, they probably didn’t care about him enough to listen to what he had to say in the first place. Although I do agree that it’s a huge mistake.

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