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Question Period for Census Decision

The former Chief Statistician, Ivan Fellegi, who served Canada for 51 years, cannot identify any census in any country that is voluntary.  From time immemorial, such is the nature of Census taking.
Thus far there are only two people on public record in Canada taking a public stand against the Census and it is not because of the questions on the Census long-form; it is because of the involvement of Lockheed Martin.   More to come on this in a future post.
Is the Minister basing his publicly policy decision, affecting millions of business, service agency and government decisions across the country, on the complaints of two people?  Is this how cabinet decisions are made by this government?

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Comment from Paul Tulloch
Time: July 7, 2010, 3:01 pm

great work Armine, I have been hearing your calls over a few of the many media channels. Keep plugging away.

Hmmmm, policy decisions, oh what will they be based on?

I have always felt the long form was a report card on the policy of government and it is nailed up somewhere within the hallways of center block on the hill somewhere on a plaque, and its states “to see how your policies are working, please refer to the long form census results.” It is the only reliable measure.

I think the plaque was in the back by the cafeteria in center block.

Comment from Kelsey Kirkland
Time: July 8, 2010, 11:22 am

Incidentally, under this Government it has been happening too frequently that a long term policy is changed because there were one or two complaints from public members. which is so strange I would like to know the how the complainant about the long form had the epiphany and even more want to know why did Harper Government pay prompt Attention. So bizarre because in majority of grievances shared by majority of Canadians, they have to resort to Courts.

It is happening too often. not difficult to imagine why? just like suddenly Canadian nationals like Amanda Lindhout, Robert Fowler etc became attractive to previously unknown and uninterested groups in Africa!!

Not at all unusual to have groundwork done and conditions created to implement a Agenda dear to a Ideological based policy!

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