Erosion of participatory democracy in Canada

We are seeing an erosion of many public institutions and programs which Canadians have grown to rely on interms of promoting the public interest.   The office of the science advisor was eliminated - as was the position of science advisor - and now we are learning more about how government scientists are not free to speak out on the science on issues such as climate change.    Are we like the frog in the slowly boiling water - we do not notice until it is too late?