Tony Clement needs you (IV)

Postmedia’s Shannon Proudfoot finds a taker: a senior economist with the Fraser Institute willing to support the government’s changes to the census.

“I certainly understand that social scientists, and I’m one of them, like to play with data, they like to analyze social trends and analyze trends, but the reality here is there really is no good basis for collecting this information,” he said. “It’s a cheap way for academics and social scientists to get information that I believe should be acquired using voluntary means.”

It perhaps unfortunate for Mr. Clement’s cause that this same economist co-authored a report on federal stimulus in March that the Finance Minister dismissed as “shabby.”