Canadian Science Writers’ Association

Does parliament need a science watchdog?

The NDP's Kennedy Stewart and Laurin Liu pose with Canadian Science Policy Centre president Mehrdad Hariri and science minister Greg Rickford at CSPC 2013.

The NDP’s Kennedy Stewart and Laurin Liu pose with Canadian Science Policy Centre president Mehrdad Hariri and science minister Greg Rickford at CSPC 2013.

The NDP is making a play for the science vote. At last week’s Canadian Science Policy Conference the party’s science critic, Kennedy Stewart, unveiled the third plank in the opposition’s slowly developing science policy: an independent Parliamentary Science Officer (PSO).

Stewart will table his proposal in the house this week as a private member’s bill – it would create a position whose job would be to both provide independent, nonpartisan scientific information to MPs on demand, but also to scrutinize and pass judgement on the scientific basis for any proposed bill or policy. Read more on CSWA blog.