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Readers applaud investigation of scientists' muzzling

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The story that attracted the most comments over the Easter long weekend was the announcement that the office of Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault will investigate several government institutions over allegations that government scientists are being muzzled

The office of Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault will be investigating seven government institutions over allegations that federal scientists are being muzzled.The office of Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault will be investigating seven government institutions over allegations that federal scientists are being muzzled. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)The CBC has covered these allegations on multiple fronts, from As It Happens and The Sunday Edition on the radio, to TV's The National and Power & Politics, to the Quirks & Quarks blog and feature articles here on CBCNews.ca


So, it's no surprise that CBCNews.ca readers would have a lot to say about this new investigation. 

  • "I welcome this development. The present government appears not to understand how scientific cooperation is supposed to work. Democracy either, for that matter," said KevinMcKinney.

  • "On behalf of humiliated Canadians everywhere, thank you, Democracy Watch," said reform.

  • "YES! Should have been done long ago, but better late than never," said John Sollows.

  • "We owe a lot to organizations like Democracy Watch, Open Media and the people at UVic. No doubt huge amounts of volunteer time goes into these initiatives and lots of donated dollars. It's up to us to volunteer for and support causes we find important, then things get done," said RogWar

Some commenters pointed out a possible parallel between the information commissioner the government's recent treatment of another watchdog. 

  • "The Parliamentary Budget Officer was let go and his powers reduced. The Information Commissioner is likely next. Stay tuned," said Daniel1.

  • "Welcome Suzanne Legault - Kevin Page II," said lafeet

Some members of the CBC Community thought there is good reason for the government to be "forcing scientists to jump through hoops before speaking with the media," in the words of the Democracy Watch complaint. 

  • "Government scientists come up with threats that can only be solved with billions of dollars in new revenue, government employees are the direct beneficiaries of this new revenue, what is so hard to understand?" said Deus Ex.

  • "If the government paid for the research, the results belong to the government, not the scientist. There are intellectual property rights involved here, and the government has every right to vet the info released. They'd be irresponsible if they didn't," said Mikethespike.

  • "One thing you left out. Who does the government belong to?" replied KatBurd

Thanks for all your comments. We enjoy the debate that emerges from the CBC Community to our coverage. Keep it coming! 

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