Census appeal hits dead end in Federal Court

Application by francophone group for judicial review gets turned down


The Federal Court won’t be hearing a Francophone group’s last-ditch appeal to save the long-form census after all. Judge Richard Boivin turned down the Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities’ petition for a judicial review, saying there was nothing in the government’s decision that violates the Official Languages Act. But while the court was siding with the government, a new poll shows many Canadians would like to see the Conservatives reverse course on the census. The Angus Reid survey found 49 per cent of Canadians think the government should re-instate the mandatory long-form census, while 29 per cent said it should stick to scrapping it.

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Census appeal hits dead end in Federal Court

  1. It was an attempt by Acadians among the founders of the Canadian country to be included as a group which was here prior to the confederation. We had them here prior to the expulsion and the movement into New Orleans before the Louisianna Purchase in the United States. Aborigenal people know of their history in a way most Candians have not been allowed to know. We adhere to an honest histry which includes the ongoing efforts to rewrite it and to prevent effective planning with the Census whatever form it has taken in the past. The issue here is for all Canadians and it is about National Unity in a country which has a cultural mosaic. We make plans which relye on the understanding provided by analysis of the data. Cross checking documents and several sources of data is the method which is empirically sound. The techniques are valid and reliable. I will tell you what is not valid: the use of falsified statistical forms and studies done by vested interests. If the makers of the business world have reason to cover up an issue they will do so. Market manipulation is a real threat in today's world and those who threaten us with pseudo-science are ruthless.

    • And your point is . . . .?

      • LOL I think its whine.

  2. The statistics of the so-called polls would seem to indicate that quite a few Canadians do not care whether or not the census in its long form continues. I too have worked in an environment where statistics were gathered to a degree where more time was spent in the quest of seeking stats than in actually providing care. It makes one question what your actual role is at times.

  3. I for one am crushed that the Feds wouldn't be forcing me to answer useless questions about how many bathrooms I have and other such nonsense under penalty of jail!! My God, were doomed, the center cannot hold. It seems to me the only people who give a tinker's damn about this are special interest groups looking statistical ammo to advance their cause and pry ever increasing amounts of government money to pay salaries and line their pockets. The other group are civil servants and bureaucrats, who build careers and empires accumulating useless info and filing unwanted reports about unimportant topics. Cheers

    • Fighting the tyranny of the coercive short-form census next?

  4. The standard in the Western world for data collection is informed consent. The one exception being the mandatory census.

    A really long list of groups who support the mandatory census is a list of groups who don't believe in informed consent. You can decide for yourself, but don't think it's your right to decide for others. You have it completely backwards. The reality is it is an individual's right to decide for themselves whether to answer questions from others about one's life.

    Politicians and economists, please keep your unwanted, uncomfortable questions off of me.

    • The standard in the Western world for data collection is informed consent. The one exception being the mandatory census.

      And your tax forms. And, anything else to do with the government, national security, the justice system, etc.

    • Informed consent will always have selection bias. One goal of a census is avoiding selection bias. Survey and polls in Canada are weighted against the mandatory census to adjust for selection bias.

  5. If 49% of Canadians really want to give out their personal information to others they can post it all online, one of these whining special interest groups could surely collect enough money from these 49% and create an online database, there's nothing stopping them. They could have lots of fun with stats from almost half the population.

  6. I don't understand where Tony Clement thought that Canadians were concerned with privacy. 39% of Canadian mothers are posting pictures of their babies before they are even born! The Torys stated if only one Canadian complained it was enough to scrap it but they don't care about the 49% of Canadians that want the census reinstated. I'm confused! What about health care and education?

    • This works out perfectly! The 49% of Canadians who are eager to have the long form of the census re-instated can fill it out and the other 51% who are not so eager do not have to. That way everyone is happy. Perhaps the long-gun registry could be done this way too. People in Toronto could register and the rural prairies and Calgary could be exempt.

      • My thoughts exactly! Why can't they accommodate and scare those who wanted to be scared and penalized by the long form census. In fact why not make it longer just for them. They should also create a registry for those who wanted the long form census, so the government would have the information needed on where to send these forms. As for Long Gun registry why not have small and easy to conceal guns and weapons be registered as well, as these are more harmful than long guns? The logic behind the long gun registry just doesn't add up.