Short census question: will the government listen?

TheGlobeandMail.com – Opinions/Editorial – The chorus is coming from groups of every kind, yet the federal government continues to adhere to its wrong-headed policy. It still has time, but only a little, to listen, and reverse its census decision.
Aug. 4, 2010.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Treasury Board President Stockwell Day said he heard only three complaints about the government’s abolition of the long-form census questionnaire, suggesting that there’s no interest.

Mr. Day has evidently failed to notice the overwhelming opposition to the proposed changes. Following is a sample of organizations whose leaders or membership have taken a position on this important matter of public policy.

For:

Fraser Institute; National Citizens’ Coalition; Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

Against:

Canadian Federation of Independent Business; Information and Communications Technology Council; Canadian Marketing Association; governments of Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and Nunavut; Federation of Canadian Municipalities; the four main federal opposition parties;

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; Maytree Foundation; Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada; Quebec Community Groups Network; Rural Ontario Institute; Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants; Chinese Canadian National Council; United Way of Canada; New Brunswick Association of Social Workers; Vancouver School Board; Canadian Library Association; Canadian Association of University Teachers; Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario; Canadian Association of Journalists; United Way of Canada; United Steelworkers; United Church of Canada; Canadian Jewish Congress; Evangelical Fellowship of Canada; Anglican Church of Canada; Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops; Statistical Society of Canada; C.D. Howe Institute; Canada West Foundation; Institute for Research on Public Policy; Royal Society of Canada; Munir Sheikh and Ivan Fellegi, former Chief Statisticians of Canada; Canadian Medical Association Journal; editorial board of Nature magazine.

The chorus is coming from groups of every kind, yet the federal government continues to adhere to its wrong-headed policy. It still has time, but only a little, to listen, and reverse its census decision.

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1 Comment

  1. We’ll just have to toss the buggers out in the next election. Problem is, with no real government in waiting, that will be difficult. The opposition parties need to build sound policy alternatives and work on their leadership.

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