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e-415 (Chief Science Officer)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Margrit Eichler from Toronto, Ontario, on June 14, 2016, at 2:47 p.m. (EDT)
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Chief Science Advisor
Chief Science Officer
Legislation
Public Service and public servants
Scientific research and scientists
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the Minister of Science

Whereas:
  • The Liberal government has committed to appointing a Chief Science Officer who will ensure government science is fully available to the public, that scientists are able to speak freely about this work, and that scientific analyses are considered when the government makes decisions;
  • The principle of independence is fundamental to scientific integrity;
  • International best practices demonstrate Canada‚Äôs new science advisor should have a mandate to provide objective, impartial and apolitical scientific information;
  • Tenure of a position is necessary to provide objective and impartial advice to policy-makers; and
  • First created in 2004, the former Office of National Science Advisor was not established through legislation, lacked institutional independence, and was consequently easily eliminated in 2008 following a change in government;
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to establish the position of Chief Science Officer through an act of legislation in order to ensure that its independence and mandate are protected by law.
Burnaby South
NDP
British Columbia
Petition presented to the House of Commons on February 7, 2017
Government response tabled on March 23, 2017
Open for signature : June 14, 2016, at 2:47 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : October 12, 2016, at 2:47 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
93
British Columbia
650
Manitoba
28
New Brunswick
13
Newfoundland and Labrador
9
Northwest Territories
2
Nova Scotia
26
Ontario
415
Prince Edward Island
2
Quebec
304
Saskatchewan
34
Yukon
1
Other Countries
4
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