November 5, 2015 – Canada’s long-form census is back for 2016 (Toronto Star)
November 4, 2015 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau creates new post of Minister of Science as one of his first acts. (Nature.com)
MP Kirsty Duncan (Etobicoke North) named science minister (InsideToronto.com)
November 4, 2015 – MP Catherine McKenna (Ottawa Centre) appointed Minister of Environment and Climate Change (Toronto Star)
The commitments below will be followed by FOCA now that there is a new (Liberal) government elected as of October 19.
Excerpts from “An Open letter to Canada’s public servants”
September 25, 2015 – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today released an open letter to Canada’s public servants. A number of the commitments of interest to Ontario’s waterfront property owners are listed here:
- In a digital era, citizens expect better service from their government. A Liberal government will work with our dedicated public service to provide the quality of service Canadians expect and deserve.
- We will introduce a significant overhaul of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), including doing more to combat international tax evasion, and ending the political harassment of charities.
- A Liberal government will immediately restore the mandatory long-form census and make Statistics Canada fully independent. We will ensure evidence-based decision-making is once again a guiding principle of the Canadian government.
- The muzzling of scientists and the Conservative suppression of scientific information is an assault on democracy and an embarrassment to Canada on the international stage. The Liberal Party of Canada is committed to revoking the rules and regulations that muzzle government scientists and allow them to speak freely about their work, with only limited and publicly-stated exceptions. In addition, we will consolidate government science so that it is easily available to the public at-large through a central portal.
Further to this, should the Liberal Party of Canada form the next government, we will create a Chief Science Officer, whose mandate will include ensuring that government science is freely available to the public, that scientists are able to speak freely about their work, and that scientific analyses are appropriately considered when the government makes decisions.