VANCOUVER — Green Party leader Elizabeth May welcomed former federal scientist Tony Turner to retirement by bringing him on stage at a Vancouver campaign rally to sing his viral folk song "Harperman."
The scientist announced his resignation this week, after he was placed on leave this summer for allegedly breaching the federal government's values and ethics code for public servants by recording and posting the song on YouTube.
May clapped and sang along in the background as Turner sang the song, which criticizes the prime minister's policies and concludes, "Harperman, it's time for you to go."
The former Environment Canada employee told a crowd of more than 100 Green supporters that he chose to resign because he didn't want to be sidelined any longer and wanted to speak about things he cared about deeply before the election.
Turner said the Conservatives are appealing to voters' base instincts of fear, hatred, selfishness and greed and he knows Canada is better than that.
May told the cheering audience that she supports Turner's right to free speech — and free song — and she wants to restore science to the core of decision-making in the government of Canada.
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