For Immediate Release
December 10, 2013
Green Party condemns destruction of world-renowned Department of
Fisheries and Oceans libraries
OTTAWA: The dismantling of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans library
system has taken a dramatic turn, with thousands of valuable books and
scientific documents, some dating back to the 19th century, being sent to
the dumpster over the past week.
The Green Party of Canada today voiced its condemnation of this reckless
destruction of scientific resources. “Consistent with their policy of
muzzling scientists, the Conservatives have now moved on to trashing
libraries,” said Elizabeth May, Green Leader and MP for Saanich–Gulf
Islands. “This administration seems to be deliberately undermining our
ability to make good policy decisions by limiting access to scientific
Some 40,000 documents from the now-defunct Eric Marshall Aquatic Research
Library at the University of Manitoba are currently being relocated to a
federal library in the Green Leader’s own riding. “Some of the library’s
materials won’t be destroyed, but it is impossible to say just how much
we’ve lost,” said May.
“This is the latest in the methodical destruction of fisheries and marine
ecosystem intellectual resources,” said Janice Harvey, Fisheries Critic for
the Green Party. “The same thing happened last year at the St. Andrews
Biological Station, the oldest federal research facility in Canada .”
In addition to a state-of-the-art library facility with thousands of
scientific documents, The St. Andrews Biological Station lost its
ecotoxicology unit, whose scientists were at the forefront of research into
the ecosystem effects of toxic chemicals used in the farmed salmon industry
in the Bay of Fundy .
To date, the Harper administration has already shut down or consolidated
an additional twelve library systems, serving departments ranging from
Natural Resources to Parks Canada .