Conservative backbencher Stephen Woodworth has a question.
Re long census,regardless of assurances of privacy, should we really force people to tell us whether they’re gay?
Mr. Woodworth is perhaps referring to a question on the 2006 long-form census that asks respondents to acknowledge a “same-sex common law partner” relationship. The long-form census has, of course, since been converted to a voluntary survey. But the short-form census remains mandatory. And among the questions approved by Mr. Woodworth’s government for that mandatory short-form census is one that asks respondents to indicate whether individuals within a given household include a “same-sex married spouse” or “same-sex common law partner.”