The National Farmers Union has denounced the destruction of publicly funded science documents that were reportedly destroyed recently at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge research station.
“This is just the latest in a long line of government libraries where collections were tossed into dumpsters, burned or went to landfills,” the NFU said in a release.
“You know destroying history is wrong. But that is what the Harper government is doing when it destroys these public institutions,” said Ian Robson, NFU board member from Manitoba. “How much – if any – of the information was saved in an electronic format, as the government claims?”
The NFU said the money saved by closing the libraries pales in comparison to the cost to future generations of lost research.
“If we eliminate facts and knowledge, what are we left with other than ideology and fiction?” said NFU president Jan Slomp.