The Liberal government is being encouraged to complete its overhaul of Canada’s science advisory ecosystem, to ensure that the country captures more of the economic and societal benefits of S&T, according to a new position paper by the Royal Society of Canada.
Topic: science advice
In a string of recent announcements, the new external science advisory network initiated by Dr. Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, has begun taking shape.
Cogent, timely science advice is a hallmark of advanced, knowledge-based nations but as recent Canadian events have demonstrated, that capacity can often be weakened or even taken away as political winds shift and governments change.
Dr Mona Nemer’s appointment as federal chief science advisor (CSA) is receiving rave reviews in science and policy circles. But it has also reignited the debate over whether the new position will represent a significant improvement over past efforts to advise government on important scientific issues, and how this advice will feed into decision making.