National Science Advisor (Canada)

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National Science Advisor to the Prime Minister was a post that existed from 2004 to 2008. Previously, in 2003, the Privy Council Office published A Framework for the Application of Precaution in Science-based Decision Making about Risk under the government of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. It provided a lens to assess whether precautionary decision making is in keeping with Canadians' social, environmental and economic values and priorities.[1]

Dr. Arthur Carty officially started in the role of on April 1, 2004. The advisor headed the Office of the National Science Advisor (ONSA), within Industry Canada, later moved to Privy Council Office.[2] Dr. Carty was previously the President of the National Research Council and when Dr. Carty retired on March 31, 2008, the position was eliminated under the government of Stephen Harper.[3]

In the 2015 Minister of Science Mandate Letter there was a priority to create a new Chief Science Officer position[4] and on December 5, 2016 the Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan announced the competition for the new position, to be called Chief Science Advisor.[5] On September 26, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Mona Nemer would be fill that role.[6]

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  1. ^ "A Framework for the Application of Precaution in Science-based Decision Making about Risk". 25 July 2003. Archived from the original on 22 May 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Office of the National Science Advisor - Home". Archived from the original on 21 July 2008. Retrieved 20 Feb 2016.
  3. ^ "Scientists lament closing of key advisory office". 25 Jan 2008. Archived from the original on 1 September 2015. Retrieved 20 Feb 2016.
  4. ^ "Minister of Science Mandate Letter". Archived from the original on 5 Jan 2016. Retrieved 20 Feb 2016.
  5. ^ "Government of Canada launches search for Chief Science Advisor". Archived from the original on February 24, 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Canada's top scientist confident her role already having an impact". The Toronto Star. 2 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.

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