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Today, Canada’s scientific community and its supporting bureaucracies seem to feel the political sun is shining on them. But political seasons change. What happens if political clouds and cold winds return? For politicians, civil servants, and scientists who emerged from the recent Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) held Nov. 7 to 9 in Ottawa, one key strategic preoccupation should be the defence of long, steady investment in scientific capacity building against changing political seasons. To make progress on

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Canadian science needs non-partisan alliances to weather political winds of change

By Milton Friesen      

Politicized science policy can suffer, alongside politicians, a decline in public trust.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, is pictured with chief scientist Mona Nemer, right, in September 2017. The real test for any Canadian science policy gains will come after a change in political masters, writes Milton Friesen. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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