How Justin Trudeau is sacrificing science in the name of aboriginal peace

Last month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Bill Nye, the television star-turned-progressive advocate for putting science at the forefront of public policy. In Trudeau, Nye saw a kindred spirit; the prime minister’s government has loudly and often touted itself as vastly more deferential to science than its conservative predecessor — or, for that matter, President Trump. From carbon taxes to fight climate change, to billions of fresh budget dollars for scientific research, to pricey initiatives aimed at poaching genius academics from foreign universities, Trudeau’s administration is eager to be seen as one that “believes in the importance of scientific knowledge to create a better society,” as his science minister told Parliament.