Why are we threatening this nice old lady with prison? - Macleans.ca
 

Why are we threatening this nice old lady with prison?

‘Should the federal government face the same courts for killing the long-form census?’


 

Audrey Tobias, 89, doesn’t want to fill out the census because Lockheed Martin is providing the software used by Statistics Canada to process data and so on Thursday she will go to court to face a charge for refusing. In theory, she could be sent to prison, but no one’s ever actually been sent to prison, so chances are she will remain a free woman.

Back in the summer of 2010, Tony Clement actually promised to remove the threat of prison from all mandatory government surveys, but apparently the government never got around to doing that. According to the a spokesman for Industry Minister James Moore, the government does still plan on “moving forward on our commitment.”

Mind you, whatever her complaint with Lockheed Martin, Ms. Tobias also seems kind of upset that the Harper government cancelled the long-form census.

“What, are they going to put a little 89-year-old in jail? Well, let them,” Tobias said, defiant and livid that it has come to this. “Shouldn’t the federal government face the same courts for killing the long-form census?”

The charges could conceivably include making parts of Hamilton, Winnipeg and Saskatchewan disappear.

Mr. Moore and the cabinet will soon have to make a decision about what to do for 2016.


 

Why are we threatening this nice old lady with prison?

  1. I’m in favour of dropping the long-form census while the CPC is in power. The less remembered about this period, the better.

    • Quote of the week….!

  2. The irony is that this government will go to any length to address theoretical privacy concerns but is completely uninterested in privacy concerns expressed by actual citizens.

  3. According to the a spokesman for Industry Minister James Moore, the government does still plan on “moving forward on our commitment.”
    Haven’t we heard that one often enough.

    • I’m pretty sure the quote is incomplete. It should probably read: the government does still plan on “moving forward on our commitment after we’ve used it for a few months to raise funds from our base.”

  4. I too had the letters and the home visits. No tea, though.

    I told the nice census people that, since Minister Clement said we shouldn’t threaten people with jail time for failure to fill out a mandatory long-form census, he must of course not want to threaten jail time for those who skip the mandatory short form.

    So I didn’t fill it out.

    And I’ve not been summoned to court, so I wonder why this woman is?

    • Maybe she was mostly uncivil?

      • Heavens no. She gave them tea. Mine never got past the front step. She sounds tremendously civil. I was merely polite. Heck, I’d actually been a census taker back in the 90’s.

  5. I’m not going to fill it out next year in the NWT on the grounds i no longer exist – what is the point?

    • If you hang around the strange range long enough, you really won’t exist…

      • Haven’t been there in many years. But i have had an experience or two there though. :)

  6. This is a complete aside from anything currently on Macleans, and specifically anything in this article, but I thought I’d scoop Mr. Wherry by posting this (along with a necessary “I told you so”): Carolyn Stewart-Olsen is repaying improperly claimed living expenses. She had skin in the game the whole time. There’s a story up at the Huffington Post right now.

  7. The so-called nice old lady is probably a 17th century witch who needs to be sent to Salem. She’s “eviller” than Stephen Harper.

    • think before you speak—-your talking about a war veteran you served for our country and you —you ass!!!