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The Harper government is being accused of hampering science and transparency at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), which is looking after Canada's coastal waters.

A new report by The Canadian Press shows the federal department has cancelled six investigations into alleged misconduct by certain staff after the first two staff found themselves caught up in questionable turnarounds.

At the forced early retirement of a scientist earlier this year, co-author Nicholas Diminski told former DFO chief safety officer Karen Lougheed that certain employees had seen problems come to light for years, and hadn't come forward at relevant internal or external investigations.

Lougheed responded that "department staff may discern conflicts" of interest and announce results that are "impossibly vague," instead of "validating the employees' reluctance to get involved," according to an email obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.

In keeping with Harper's offices' practice, the email from Lougheed cited operational necessity for "handling" the inquiries and "not wasting funds" on them.

Earlier this month, the government quietly lifted an internal investigation into the behavior of DFO workers who got a bonus in 2011 because they failed to meet performance targets.

Anti-government Conservative MP Mark Warawa, who released Diminski's report and its cover letter, hailed the decision to release the emails.

"Often in an election year you are accused of being out to strike back, or somehow attacking your opponents," Warawa wrote in an email to The Canadian Press. "But this report shows, at a minimum, the lengths the CRTC could go to. It wasn't hard to know that the CRTC wanted these communications to be out in the open."

The government later announced that inspectors had "suspended their operations."

Diminski told the new report that "we never had a system that could resolve this," and that the root causes are cultural and epistemological in nature: staffing dysfunction, and the political influence of a small number of academics.

The Fisheries Department is just one arm of the federal government who works in that area of scientific research and monitoring.

As well, the federal government also seems to be using science, at least when it has the eggs to pop and scale, as a political AstroTurf to defend the mile-high parking fees charged by a new Ottawa hotel that rode an international lobbying campaign.

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