Stephen Strauss was a long-time science columnist with the Globe and Mail and with CBC.ca. He is now president of the Canadian Science Writers' Association.
I will simply say that the reason the Conservatives should want government scientists to speak freely to journalists is because it is in their -- the present government's -- profound self interest. They want to be able to say to the Canadian people when something with deep scientific rooting screws up in a major way: Don't just blame us.
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