Democracy is participatory
in nature. The collective total of the actions of thousands of individuals
has a forceful total effect.
We cannot assume that
someone else will take action. Each one of us needs to take action in our
own small way.
The most important action
you can take, is to offer only minimum cooperation with the May 2016
Canada Census. Most of this website deals with minimum cooperation.
we should all make some noise about the harm deep integration with
the United States will do to Canada, our way of life, and our values.
About the erosion of our personal privacy and civil liberties.
For starters, why not
take ten minutes to send some e-mails right now. They don't have to
be long. If you just want to say that you will only giving minimum
cooperation to the 2016 Canada Census, that is fine. It's best not to state flatly that you refuse to do the census. Short
and to the point is effective. It's ten minutes well invested.
Click here to send an e-mail to
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Click here to send an e-mail to Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne. He is the minister responsible for Statistics Canada.
Click here to send an e-mail
to Opposition Leader Erin O'Toole
Click here to send an e-mail to NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh
Click here to send an e-mail to Green Party member Elizabeth May
The previous Privacy Commissioner stated that she had received only a few privacy complaints about the Census! So send the new Privacy Commissioner a short complaint. Since formal complaints are only accepted by postal mail, indicate that you are making an informal complaint:
Click here to send an e-mail to Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien
An e-mail or Fax to your
local Member of Parliament is important, because they seek your
directory of MPs can be found by clicking here
Another effective tool
is to make an appointment to meet with your local MP at his/her
constituency office. Most people booking appointments have very
specific self-interest concerns like delayed passports, sponsoring
a family member's immigration, etc. Very few people book an appointment
to talk about the issues that they feel are important, so most MPs
welcome an issue-orientated discussion. Even if you end up agreeing
to disagree, the time has been well spent. There is no substitute
for face-to-face communication.
Why not send a letter-to-the-editor of a few of your local newspapers, informing Canadians about your
concerns about the outsourcing of the Census software and hardware to the subsidiary of
US arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin.
If you are a member of
a local club or organization, raise the Census issue within that
organization. Ask the organization to endorse CountMeOut.ca
Click Contact Us if you
have other neat action ideas
to Spread the Word page