Does Canada need a Chief Science Officer?

I know that the gov't has voted this down for now, but with the idea being generated by the NDP and the Liberals now committing to the creation of one, this idea may actually come to fruition. Soon.

“The rationale for having a CSA is simple in theory: a large proportion of politicians across Europe have backgrounds in law, linguistics or the arts. In some countries, studying classics of Roman and Greek mythology is deemed the most suitable qualification for running a country. One would think key scientific advisers would be needed to rise above the politics and stick to the facts,” he said.

The danger that many will be quick to point out is that the science boss could fast become chief-egghead-in-corner, a role politicians would pay lip service to, but not actually consult with serious intent. But Walport says that has not been the case in the U.K.