Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Harper's gang: they shoot messengers, don't they?

               The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), recent recipient of ideologically driven budget cuts, has recently attempted to call into question the qualifications of a lab which found evidence of Infectious Salmon Anemia Virus (ISAV) in British Columbia farmed salmon. Interestingly, the lab is cited as one of the best in the world and its work was never called into question before. An "interesting" synchronicity, one might say..

                On a CBC radio interview the head of the lab, Dr. Fred Kibenge, admitted that the timing was curious and would appear to be an attempt to blacklist his lab. Nor would this be the first time the Harper government was guilty of shooting messengers. The (radical, ideological) probusiness stance of the government, particularly in the petroleum and mining sectors, has led it to cancel funding to government sponsored projects, agencies and organizations which do not "tow the party line" and  refuse to relegate environmental issues to the back drawer.

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