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Group asks Canadians: Use your vote to end the war on science

Dalhousie University scientist Thomas Duck says the government has caused climate change to almost completely drop from the national conversation. (JONATHAN HAYWARD / The Canadian Press / File)

Dalhousie University scientist Thomas Duck says the government has caused climate change to almost completely drop from the national conversation. (JONATHAN HAYWARD / The Canadian Press / File)

In the last decade the federal government has successfully launched a comprehensive war on science, says Dalhousie physics professor Thomas Duck, and it’s time for Canadians to start tuning in before irreparable damage is done.

He is one of thousands of Canadians and dozens of organizations that have signed a pledge vowing to cast their vote in the upcoming federal election for the party that best reflects scientific values. Others include environmental activist David Suzuki, author Margaret Atwood, and former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page. The initiative is being organized by the non-partisan, not-for-profit Evidence for Democracy in an effort to make make science a ballot-box issue.

“Science is such a huge force in our lives and yet we don’t usually explicitly discuss it during an election,” said Katie Gibbs, executive director of Evidence for Democracy.

Though it underpins almost every major election topic, science on its own is rarely talked about on the campaign trail.

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