Harper backs vaccine science, but federal policy allows other ways

It's an absolutely valid question really. Well, actually, there shouldn't really have to be a question - nosodes should not be allowed to be sold.

[...] anybody who has been following the controversy surrounding homeopathic products, called “nosodes,” that are sometimes sold as alternatives to real vaccines must be wondering if the federal government is consistently acting in the spirit of Harper’s staunch defence of science.

Here’s the unsettling part: Health Canada tells me its Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate has licensed 36 nosodes for sale in Canada, starting back in the spring of 2012. The directorate’s mandate, as described on its website, is to “ensure that Canadians have ready access to natural health products that are safe, effective and of high quality, while respecting freedom of choice and philosophical and cultural diversity.”