Late yesterday afternoon, as mentioned, the following was filed with StatsCan’s media office.
Minister Clement said today that Statistics Canada was consulted and advised his department as part of the decision to change the census for 2011. As such, can someone at StatsCan speak to the changes and address some of the concerns that have been expressed about the collection of data?
Twenty-four hours later, the entirety of the response from StatsCan is as follows.
Statistics Canada is not in a position to answer questions on the advice it gave the Minister in relation to recent statements the Minister has made.
A follow-up has been sent—essentially restating the original question—but has so far no reply has been received. In its original story on this matter, published two weeks ago, the Canadian Press quoted both the director general of the census and an unnamed StatsCan official.