Canada: Selling out civil society too?

Last week’s stunning announcement by the National Research Council that it will only perform research that has “social or economic gain” prompted prominent astronomer and author Phil Phait to claim that Canada is selling out science.

A new report on the conditions for civil society across the world shows that Canada is selling out civil society too.

Often considered a bastion of liberal democracy and progressive values, Canada regularly ranks highly on indexes on development and human rights. The most recent editions of the Institute for Economics and Peace’s Global Peace Index, the State of World Liberty Index and the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index place Canada fourth, third and eighth respectively.

However, the State of Civil Society 2013 published by CIVICUS, the global alliance, tells a different story, one that highlights the fact that over the past six years the conditions for civil society have steadily deteriorated in Canada. Continue reading