But Prentice's office suggested its critics should check the facts, noting that the government's decision was in response to a letter sent by Carty in October when he announced his retirement.
According to Carty, the facts suggest he actually retired, when he realized his position would be eliminated:
Dr. Carty told The Globe and Mail yesterday he decided to retire from the public service after being told his nearly four-year-old position would be phased out.
“I was particularly disappointed about the office disappearing as my hopes had been that I would, as a national science adviser, help make this a permanent institution in the government of Canada at the centre of government as it is in a number of countries,” he said yesterday.
Dr. Carty said he didn't want to wade into partisan politics, but did offer this opinion of the Conservative government: “It does on the surface seem to suggest they want less advice, not more.”
The federal union representing 55,000 scientists, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, issued a statement yesterday describing Ottawa's recent decision to terminate the position as “deeply disturbing.”
The rising concern over the decision comes as several science experts warn that the Conservative government's new approach to science is too focused on making money, leaving questions of ethics and the public good behind in the rush to discover new products.
When this government first took office, the record shows an almost immediate distancing from environmental groups, and a quick slash and burn of many programs. These quick reactions suggested a pre-conceived posture, rather than a thoughtful review of direction. At every turn, with numerous examples, there is an effort by this government to stifle scientific opinion, shut people out of the process and gut programs which were deemed effective(according to the AG).
Given the body of evidence, propaganda aside, it is now clear- our government is actively engaged in a war on independent scientific inquiry. It's not hype, or fear mongering, these people really are scary.