I happen to have an intimate relationship with the world of research and government planning and priority setting.
There is a serious shaming of scientists going on in this nation, and it’s pretty gruesome. Denying the existence of evidence in policy and practice decision-making is the norm— I thought being a public servant was about delivering the best results for Canadians, not defending an ideology. Today’s public servants are shadows of their former glory in Canada- starting with the demonization of public servants in the Mulroney era, the scene has gotten even more sour.
Where public servants used to be charged with compiling evidence worldwide and proving valid evidence bases to ministers, informing them of the different actions that could be taken, ministers are now ordering public servants to find the evidence that backs up their actions predetermined by their ideology.
When Texan officials are telling you that, based on their own evidence, your crime bill will only exacerbate your “identified problem” (term used loosely- any one can read that Canada has no crime problem), maybe you should take a fucking clue.
Reblogging for the commentary.
It’s not just the politicians, really. There’s an increasingly large segment of the population that’s brainless when it comes to policy. They support anything that tickles their schadenfreude bone.