“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it!”
This phrase was coined by Evelyn Beatrice Hall in her biography of Voltaire as a condensed description of the great man’s devotion to freedom of speech.
In Canada, unfortunately, the Harper-Cons attitude seems to be “I disagree with what you say, and if you try to say it, I’ll use the weight of my powers to crush you, redact you, and deprive you of employment”.
The latest skirmishes in Harper’s war against knowledge and information played out in the last 24 hours. First, we have the inexplicable decision (by “environment” minister Peter Kent) to prevent 25 years worth of research by the National round table on the Environment and Economy (NRTEE) from being kept in the public domain. Continue reading