Chris Selley: A double standard on science, with Kirsty Duncan as ‘Exhibit A’

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In Wednesday’s National Post, Tom Blackwell reminded us that Kirsty Duncan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s science minister, until very recently stumped for Paolo Zamboni’s always dubious and now all-but-utterly discredited chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) theory of multiple sclerosis, and the so-called “liberation treatment” for that disease. …

What matters more than Duncan’s opinions was her comportment. In a 2011 op-ed co-authored with then-Liberal health critic Ujjal Dosanjh, she decried a panel of researchers convened by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for not including any “experts” in liberation therapy — the dubious and unproven treatment in question. “Yet researchers, who had vehemently spoken out against the liberation procedure, were included in the group,” she complained. …

…Liberals (even evangelical Christian Liberals) are allowed to hold personal views that Conservatives (especially evangelical Christian Conservatives) aren’t. I don’t recall Goodyear publicly urging the government to investigate whether evolution is a fraud. And at no point in the Conservatives’ purported “war on science” do I recall any minister impugning individual scientists’ credibility quite so enthusiastically as Duncan and Dosanjh did in their op-ed (though I may stand to be corrected on that).


  • BillyHW

    Most of these liberals who worship “science” probably didn’t even pass high school physics or chemistry. They do yoga and talk about shakras and secrets and vibrations.

  • WalterBannon

    Liberal Luddites also champion the cargo cult junk science of climate change…

  • Katyn

    She’s also a global warming enthusiast. God help us.

    • Frances

      She’s a geographer, so what do you expect?

  • ntt1

    who cares ! she has a uterus. that’s all the qualification she needs. who cares if she is a crank science enthusiast?

  • simus1

    Prime Minister William “Lyin’ ” MacKenzie King was a fairly exotic crackpot in his private life but somehow managed to assemble or accommodate some of the best cabinet talent available to get Canada through two huge crises. Somehow our present version seems unlikely to exceed being a Canadian version of Emperor Henry Puyi.

  • Justin St.Denis

    Liberal bullshitters believe in bullshit. Does this REALLY surprise anybody here?

  • tom_billesley

    Lysenko rides again.