Government | SCIENCE

Create the post of Chief Science Officer.

Liberal Platform (Page 36) | October 5, 2015
In progress
November 16, 2016

Ottawa prepares to launch search for chief science officer

The Globe and Mail

More than a year after taking office, the Trudeau government is inching closer to making good on its campaign promise to create a chief science officer for Canada. But the precise nature of the job remains unclear, including how its holder will relate to his or her political masters or be protected from them if the government is indifferent or antagonistic to scientific advice and recommendations.

"I’m hoping within a few weeks we'll launch a search," Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan said after speaking to a conference of science policy experts in Ottawa last Thursday. "We will put out the call to all Canadians."

February 29, 2016

Response to The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, P.C., Minister of Science

Royal Society of Canada

Dear Minister Duncan, On behalf of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), we thank you for seeking our advice regarding the remit of the Chief Science Officer. In 2015, the RSC published a Position Paper arguing that expert, independent, and objective scientific advice was fundamental to policy development and decision-making. We commend the government for appointing a Chief Science Officer, which we view as an important step in the right direction.