Watchdogs

Arthur Carty

Arthur Carty

Dr. Arthur Carty advocated open sharing of information across borders and institutions. His role as National Science Advisor was undermined by the federal government, which cut off his communication with the Prime Minister, failed to ask him for his professional advice, and excluded him from science strategy discussions.

Linda Keen

Linda Keen

Linda Keen was fired in January 2008 after closing down a nuclear reactor for safety reasons. The government cited a shortage of isotopes essential to medical tests and procedures. It was a case of direct political interference of an arm’s length, independent regulator of a potentially hazardous industry.

Marty Cheliak

Marty Cheliak

Marty Cheliak was made Director General of the Canadian Firearms Program in August 2009. He supported the Program’s long-gun registry, uniting all of Canada’s major police organizations behind the cause. A year after his appointment, just before Parliament was to debate the long-gun registry, Cheliak was removed from his post.

Richard Colvin

Richard Colvin

Richard Colvin was personally attacked and his credibility questioned by the government for having raised concerns about the Canadian military transferring Afghan prisoners to Afghan security forces, despite the Canadian military knowing that those prisoners might be tortured.

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