Filed under: Democratizing the Liberal Party
The Liberal science critic, Marc Garneau, has stated that believing in evolution is not a job requirement to be the Minister of Science.
“It is a personal matter. It is a matter of faith…. I don’t think it prevents someone from being a good minister.”
Actually, it does matter. Sure, you can have whatever beliefs you want. You can believe bilingualism is a waste of money, but then you probably shouldn’t be the Minister that oversees Official Languages. You can believe policies that promote multiculturalism are a mistake, but then you probably shouldn’t be the Minister that oversees Multiculturalism. (Of course the exception to these would be if the government is officially opposed to bilingualism and multiculturalism.) Likewise, if you are going to be the Minister of Science you probably should believe in the basic tenants of science, of which evolution of the species is one – a very important one that is backed up by actual proof.
Frankly, I don’t understand the Liberal position on this. I know Ignatieff has made it clear he wants to woo Evangelical Christians, typically associated with the Christian Right, and has put Liberal MP John McKay in charge of outreach efforts for this purpose. But at what expense? A Minister of Science should believe in science!