The Hill Times goes into Science Policy Overdrive

I could post these seperately, but lets go right ahead and do them in a lump to save us all a bit of time.

First off, everyones favorite NDP science critic, Kennedy Stewart (is it just me, or does it seem like his name is backward) has an op-ed on "Why Canada Needs a Parliamentary Science Officer"

Along with tarnishing Canada’s reputation as a knowledge leader, government restrictions on the free flow of scientific knowledge undermine our ability to make public policy decisions using the best evidence and data available. Regardless of the policy issue in question—environmental protection, innovation policy, health care, or criminal justice— decision-makers (and the public) cannot make prudent choices if they are denied timely access to relevant information. This is an issue that strikes at the very core of our democratic process.

Next is an article titled "Federal scientists to mount ‘evidence-based’ campaign against government cuts, being muzzled"

The upcoming election is going to be the most important election for science that Canada has seen, say the NDP and Liberal science and technology critics.
NDP MP Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby-Douglas, B.C.) and Liberal MP Ted Hsu (Kingston and the Islands, Ont.) both said they think science is set to become a bigger election issue than it has in any recent history.
This, they say, in part will be fuelled by a recent decision from the largest public service union in Canada representing scientists and professionals employed by the federal government. The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) represents 60,000 government workers, including over 15,000 federal scientists and researchers, and in the lead up to the 2015 election the union has decided to become more politically active.

In either a delayed article or an attempt to get some CPC science into the issue, The Hill Times has also published the text of the Industry Minister's Nov. 19th speech entitled "Canada’s success depends on a strong, competitive, innovative aerospace industry"

And I was pleased to see some of our leading Canadian aerospace firms join our business delegation for what was a very productive visit. This includes Bombardier’s agreement with China Express Airlines for the purchase of 16 aircraft with an option for eight more, with a potential value of over $1-billion. Overall, more than 20 new commercial agreements between Canadian and Chinese firms were signed.

And finally (thought it would never end, didn't you) there is an article authored by a range of researchers and businessmen titled "Power, promise of synthetic biology: time is now to invent our future"

The groundwork has also been laid for a Canadian revolution in the field. Canada’s scientific community is internationally recognized for its leadership in genomics research and strong partnerships with key industries. Since 2000 Genome Canada and partners have invested more than $2.3-billion in deciphering the genomes of economically important plants, animals and microbes in order to understand how they function. A significant proportion of these funds has been invested in building the technological toolkits that can be applied to synthetic biology.

So, yeah, lets burn up the lines ot The Hill Times to show that we care about the subject.