Tonight on the Fifth Estate, Linden McIntyre looks at the Harper government's "war on knowledge." The programme focuses on the suppression of scientific research and the dismissal of 2,000 government scientists in recent years.
In the past five years the federal government has dismissed more than 2,000 scientists, and hundreds of programs and world-renowned research facilities have lost their funding. Programs that monitored things such as smoke stack emissions, food inspections, oil spills, water quality and climate change have been drastically cut or shut down.
The fifth estate requested interviews with two senior bureaucrats and four cabinet ministers with responsibility for resources, the environment and science. All of those requests were denied.
The Harper government responded predictably with a statement from the office of Greg Rickford, Minister of State for Science and Technology, denying cutbacks and insisting, instead, that the con artists have an exemplary record of research investment.
"Our government has made record investments in science," it stated. "We are working to strengthen partnerships to get more ideas from the lab to the marketplace and increase our wealth of knowledge. Research is vibrant and flourishing right across the country."
Here on the west coast we know what this is all about - sweeping aside potentially meddlesome monitors who might blow the whistle on the bitumen supertanker initiative.