Canada’s science minister refuses to answer question about evolution.

“I’m not going to answer that question. I am a Christian, and I don’t think anybody asking a question about my religion is appropriate.”

So said Canada’s federal science minister, Gary Goodyear, a chiropractor from Ontario, when asked if he accepts that evolution has happened. Who but a creationist would construe a question about a scientific fact as a question about their religious views?

“I do believe that just because you can’t see it under a microscope doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It could mean we don’t have a powerful enough microscope yet. So I’m not fussy on this business that we already know everything. … I think we need to recognize that we don’t know.”

Asked to clarify if he was talking about the role of a creator, Mr. Goodyear said that the interview was getting off topic.

I am truly fearful for the future of science in Canada.

Read the story by Anne McIlroy in the Globe and Mail.


4 comments to Canada’s science minister refuses to answer question about evolution.

  • The Lorax

    It boggles the mind and I guess I should be glad I didn’t flee North when Shrub was reelected. I would be extremely worried, your science minister is clearly promoting a religious agenda and not science. At the very least he has an agenda at odds with biology (and thus biomedical research). Best of luck with that.

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  • Jim

    I think his agenda is more about giving the research money to things like Alberta oilsands development and other Tory “research interests”. But this is a very sad development.

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  • Vancouver Real Estate Agent

    “I think his agenda is more about giving the research money to things like Alberta oilsands development and other Tory “research interests””

    That’s totally right, the way he handled that interview couple weeks ago when asked to fund hospital research…wow. I was not happy about that. You’d think that by putting a doctor into his role he’d be perfect but yet he seems to not have a clue about science or medicine. How did the man become a doctor? It’s very disturbing.

    Take care, Jay

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  • Anonymous

    He’s not a doctor. He’s a chiropractor.

    doctor != chiropractor
    chiropractor != doctor

    Besides even real doctors are often pretty ignorant of evolution.

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