Canadian federal scientists, backed by major public sector unions, are protesting in Ottawa and beyond on Tuesday against \u0022the muzzling of Canada\u0026#039;s public scientists and partisan interference in the development of public science\u0022 under Stephen Harper\u0026#039;s administration.The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), along with several other organized labor groups and the science advocacy organization Evidence for Democracy, is pushing for language on \u0022scientific integrity\u0022 to be included in the workers\u0026#039; next contract—a response to slashed funding for science research, shuttering of labs, and alleged silencing of government researchers.\u0022This government has no respect whatsoever for Canada’s public scientists.\u0022—Debi Daviau, Professional Institute of the Public Service of CanadaAs the Globe and Mail reports, \u0022The language is intended to ensure that researchers employed by the government can speak openly about their work, publish results without fear of censorship and collaborate with peers.\u0022\u0022It\u0026#039;s really just about protecting the scientist\u0026#039;s rights to actually do science,\u0022 Evidence for Democracy executive director Katie Gibbs told CTV\u0026#039;s \u0022Canada AM.\u0022 She also wants those scientists to be allowed to share their work at scientific conferences and speak to the media more directly.Since Harper\u0026#039;s conservative government took control in 2006, federal funding for scientific research has been cut, labs have been shut down, and barriers have gone up between scientists and the general public. According to organizers of Tuesday\u0026#039;s protests, some critical information has even ended up in Dumpsters. An independent 2014 analysis found that Canadian government agencies are considerably more restrictive and less transparent than their counterparts in the United States.\u0022This government has no respect whatsoever for Canada’s public scientists,\u0022 PIPSC president Debi Daviau declared in a press release on Tuesday. \u0022Right now our scientists are constrained in their ability to share their research and collaborate with their peers. They\u0026#039;re frequently \u0026#039;missing in action\u0026#039; at international conferences. They can\u0026#039;t speak freely to the media and the public about their work. These are all essential elements of performing science in the public interest and that’s how you protect our country’s environment and the health and safety of Canadians.\u0022In an exclusive interview with CBC News published Tuesday, retired government biologist Steve Campana echoed those claims, saying he fears a looming \u0022death spiral for government science\u0022 in Canada.\u0022I see that is going to be a huge problem in the coming years,\u0022 Campana said. \u0022We are at the point where the vast majority of our senior scientists are in the process of leaving now disgusted as I am with the way things have gone, and I don\u0026#039;t think there is any way for it to be recovered.\u0022In addition to the protest in Ottawa, similar events were slated to take place in Montreal, Quebec City, and Vancouver.Unions representing government scientists and engineers will head to the bargaining table with federal negotiators this week.