This article in the Globe and Mail this am attempts to define the importance of the census to everyone. What interests me is that the Prime Minister, who controls just about everything that goes on in the government, didn’t either know this – and he’s an economist by education – or is so ideologically driven that it doesn’t matter to him. The census has been in place officially in the areas formerly under British control on a recurring basis since 1841. The US does their census on the 10’s and is even older. A census is not a survey or a poll. It’s a counting procedure and is vital to almost everyone who has to make a decision based on fact not imagination.
Or perhaps that’s the problem, all those uncomfortable facts.