They say the truth will set you free. But sometimes all it takes is retirement.
That’s the case for Steve Campana, a former federal scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans who is using his retirement as an opportunity to speak openly about the federal government’s policies and the damage Prime Minister Stephen Harper has caused to public interest science.
“I am concerned about the bigger policy issues that are essentially leading to a death spiral for government science,” Campana told the CBC.
He said federal scientists work in a climate a fear.
“I see that is going to be a huge problem in coming years,” he said. “We are at the point where the vast majority of our senior scientists are in the process of leaving now disgusted as I am with the way things have gone, and I don’t think there is any way for it to be recovered.”