Help wanted: Canada seeks new ‘Chief Science Advisor’
The federal government has announced a new job position they are looking to fill.
On Monday, Minister of Science Kristy Duncan announced the search for a Chief Science Advisor, who will be tasked with making sure scientific evidence is “incorporated into government-wide decision-making.”
The future Chief Science Advisor, who will also be tasked with ensuring that scientists are able to speak freely of their work, will report to both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal minister of science.
The move from PM Trudeau’s government follows years of accusations that former Prime Minister Stephen Harper muzzled federal scientists.
However, Duncan did not outline exactly how the Chief Science Advisor will be able to ensure transparency.
“Their ability to communicate the information to the government is going to be fundamentally important,” said Paul Dufour, former interim director of the Office of the National Science Advisor, a similar office that was dissolved by the Harper government in 2008.
“The best science advisers, there are a number of them around the world, understand fully the political and policy context in which they operate.”
Applications for this new position will be collected through the Governor in Council website until Jan. 27, 2017.
#Canadians: apply to be the Chief #ScienceAdvisor for #GoC https://t.co/wfxjUPB3EV #SciPol #CdnSci #Jobs pic.twitter.com/WHtHUxbj0S
— Hon. Kirsty Duncan (@ScienceMin) December 5, 2016