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CAUT welcomes the reinstatement of Canada’s Chief Science Advisor

(Ottawa— December 5, 2016) The reinstatement of Canada’s Chief Science Advisor is a positive step toward ensuring that scientific considerations help guide the federal government’s policy choices says the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).

“The Chief Science Advisor can help ensure that government policy is informed by solid evidence” said CAUT Executive Director David Robinson. “There is a great need for unbiased and non-partisan advice, but this requires that the advisor be fully independent and accountable to Parliament and not just the government of the day.  “

CAUT has been advocating for the creation of a Parliamentary Science Officer. This recommendation was part of its submission to the Fundamental Science Review launched in June by the Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan.

CAUT represents 70,000 academic staff in 122 universities and colleges across Canada.

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For more information, please contact:

Valérie Dufour, Director of Communications, 613-293-1810 or dufour@caut.ca