That's the primary message by the New Democrats who, on Monday, introduced a motion that would incline the Harper government to un-muzzle Canada's scientists.
Since 2007, as per an Environment Canada Media Relations protocol, federal scientists were required to vet media communications through a centralized body.
That has caused a lot consternation throughout the science community.
In 2011, for example, it was reported that scientist Kristi Miller was barred from granting interviews about her research into a virus that might be killing wild sockeye salmon, off B.C.'s coast.
Also in 2011, in Parliament, Green Party leader Elizabeth May complained that an Environment Canada team that had published a paper about global CO2 increases weren't allowed to speak with media either.
Kennedy Stewart — the NDP's Science and Technology critic — says, by interfering with the open communication of scientific research, "the government is undermining the nation'sRead More »from NDP tables motion to end muzzling of Canada’s scientists