Imagine if the federal government opposed a scientific statement seeking to improve community health and safety by calling for the incorporation of scientific evidence into health policies.

People around the country would be outraged, and rightly so, since by failing to use the evidence at its disposal, the government would be placing everyone’s health and safety in jeopardy.

Yet strange as it may sound, this is precisely what the Conservative government is doing. This week the feds once again displayed their hostility to evidence-based health policy when they refused to support the Vienna Declaration.

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