GOLDSTEIN: Medical journal says Trudeau government muzzled scientists

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Over the past 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s become readily apparent that the Public Health Agency of Canada is a politicized arm of the Trudeau government. Rather than a fiercely independent public health body whose sole focus is on giving accurate and timely advice to Canadians on the pandemic and other public health issues, PHAC struggles not to offend its political masters. While it’s ironic, given Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s searing criticism of Stephen Harper for “muzzling scientists” during his years as Conservative prime minister, it’s just another example of how all governments eventually become the things they said they despised when they were first elected. So it’s hardly surprising that a Sept. 2 column in the Canadian Medical Association Journal — first cited by Blacklock’s Reporter — says “Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) stalled media access to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) at the same time Canada’s chief public health officer suspended regular pandemic briefings and interviews ‘in light of the election’.”

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