The Canadian Chamber of Commerce dips a toe in the pool of concern.
“We supported the previous system because it provided Canadian businesses with accurate statistical data to use in their planning,” Kathryn Anderson, director of communications with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, said in an e-mail. “If the government proceeds to make completion of the long form voluntary, we will want to see what measures it will implement to ensure that the data generated by the census are comprehensive and reliable.”
For those of you scoring at home, you can add the town of Smith Falls to the list of those opposed, alongside provincial governments in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island, representatives from the United Way, Canadian Labour Congress, Toronto Board of Trade, Canadian Nurses Association and Canadian Public Health Association, city officials in Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer, Ottawa city council, former clerk of the Privy Council Alex Himelfarb, the chief economist of the Greater Halifax Partnership, the French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario, the executive director of the Société franco-manitobaine, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, the Quebec Community Groups Network, the president of the CD Howe Institute, the Canadian Council on Social Development, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the director of Toronto Public Health, Mr. Census, the Statistical Society of Canada, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Canadian Marketing Association, the Canadian Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities, the Executive Council of the Canadian Economics Association, the director of the Prentice Institute at the University of Lethbridge, the senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Canadian Association for Business Economics, the co-chairman of the Canada Census Committee, Ancestry.ca, the Canadian Association of University Teachers and the former head of Statistics Canada. Not to mention, the man who was, until last night, Canada’s chief statistician.