Wednesday, January 16, 2008

SHARP: Where Politicians Stand on Science

Here in Ontario, we recently went to the polls to elect our members of provincial parliament and vote on electoral reform. Given Canada's current minority goverment, we could face a federal election call anytime. In the meantime, political junkies will have to be content to sit on the sidelines and watch as our neighbours to the south decide on the next 'leader of the free world'. Will the next POTUS be a staunch creationist? Support stem cell research? Where will s/he stand on global warming? What about other science issues?

Scientists and Engineers for America has launched the SHARP Network (Science, Health and Related Policies Network), an online resource to see where candidates stand on science related issues. The site doesn't limit itself to presidential candidates - congressmen and senators can be found as well. The site is wiki-style, meaning users can login and edit candidate information so they can remain updated throughout the campaign. Does anybody know of a similar resource for us Canadians?


2 comments:

Kevin Z said...

Where I grew up the SHARPs were SkinHeads Against Racial Prejudice...

Anonymous Coward said...

Considering the recent conservative government's actions in firing the nuclear safety commissioner for being cautious, I really think we could use something along those lines...