I guess it's not just the Ontario Tories that want us to be a Northern Alabama, the Feds want to kill science, as well. It's certain that Harper doesn't need a science advisor, since he wouldn't listen anyway! Perhaps, if had such an advisor, he wouldn't have looked so stupid in the recent nuclear fiasco.
Normally, I think we are better off with basic science than the States, especially when they have their whole southern half rejecting the scientific method. Now, with Harper's war, we can probably forget a new nuclear industry, forget geology, and go back to a nice comfy bygone era!