Government makes the long census form optional
July, 2010. The
Government of Canada has announced that the 40-question long form
will be voluntary in the 2011 Census. The short form will continue to
be mandatory. And Lockheed Martin Corporation remains involved in the
consider this a step in the right direction. Canadians who
conscientiously object to the invasiveness of Census questioning, or
who conscientiously object to taxpayer money going to foreign corporations, especially
Lockheed Martin (Canada) should not face the possibility of a 6 month
jail sentence and/or a $500 fine. That is the sort of coercion
one might expect to find in certain third world countries, but not in
still have a problem with the privacy issue. And nothing has changed so
far is our other concerns of foreign corporations in general and
Lockheed Martin in particular involved in the census and receiving
public money. Or our concern about job loss for thousands of temporary
census workers who have tended to be lower-income Canadians trying to
earn a little extra money to make ends meet.
are astounded and disappointed that several groups and organizations
are pressuring the government to reverse its decision and continue
having the long census form mandatory. The groups include: The Canadian
Centre For Policy Alternatives CCPA (whose magazine listed
Lockheed Martin as one of the 10 worst corporations in the world); The
Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT); the Federation of
Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and particularly disappointing, the
Federal Liberal Party.
reject their argument that a mandatory long census form is absolutely needed to get
reliable data for such things as transfer payments or social
assistance. All other polls, such as Ipsos-Reid are voluntary.
Yet nobody questions the statistical validity of such polls. Solid
statistical data will still be available to groups and organizations,
just as before.
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