Trudeau Urged to Reinstate the Long Form Census

Researchers are calling on the federal Liberals to make good on a campaign promise and reinstate the mandatory long-form census as soon as they take office.

“They have to act now. They cannot wait. Time is of the essence,” said Don Kerr, a sociology professor at King’s University College at Western University in London, Ont.

Kerr, who worked at Statistics Canada for 10 years, said it is possible to have the mandatory long-form census in place by May 10, 2016, the official census day.

“The level of expertise at Stats Canada is enormous and if anyone can pull it off, it’s Stats Canada that could pull it off,” Kerr said.

He added, “I would be surprised if they didn’t have contingency plans” to bring the long-form census back.

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  • G

    If they bring back the long form , fill it out completely – with false information.

    • Frances

      If they bring it back, the cat becomes the head of household. Even in the old days, we rotated the children as head of same.

      • G

        There’s not a hell of a lot they can do if you provide false information.

        What CAN they do? Hire an army of fact checkers, investigators, prosecutors ect ect ect. Not likely.

        Let them shout, scold and threaten about lying on the form.
        It’s all impotent bluster and everyone knows it.
        Let them issue their stupid, meaningless “assurances of confidentiality”. They can shove it. You can keep my lies a secret or post them on a billboard by the highway. I don’t give a fuck.

        Bring back the long form if you want. It makes no difference to me. I’ll just lie my ass off & laugh about it later.

        • eMan14

          Those 25,000 Syrian’s will need a job somewhere. What better place than to Fact Check for the government.

      • Brett_McS

        And what would be incorrect about that? Mr Fluffy has always been the boss.

      • Waffle

        Hadn’t thought of that. Great idea. Next time I’ll leave a paw print.

  • unalien

    long form census,, just more ammunition for Social Scientists to fiddle with society and play god…

  • ntt1

    So social”science”prof wants this intrusive form with the force of law behind to be re-imposed on Canadians. No surprise this faculty is one of the main ones generating fascism in our country, it creeps me out that the state can demand intrusive information so tin pot dictators like this sociology prof can thumb through our lives and cook up even more bizarre social theory. Just say no.

    • Waffle

      One section stands out — if I remember correctly, they wanted to know the nationality (or maybe it was the ethnicity) of my grandparents. Well, one was born in Kiev (Ukraine) another in Poland, another in the U.S. and another in Romania. I think the answer they were looking for was “Jewish”, but being Jewish isn’t a nationality, so I checked off the countries they were born in — i got a phone call.

      • Frances

        Me – I’ll just check off Canadian and defy them to prove otherwise. Or I’ll take my spouse’s ancestors – we know when they came West but not when they came to Canada – and check of aboriginal on the undoubtedly correct assumption there was intermarriage with the locals. That should skew the stats, particularly once we factor in educational achievements.

        • ntt1

          that’s the key; monkey wrenching the statistics give as implausible answers as much as you can, include pets as siblings and have fun with this massive invasion of privacy. only progressives think this is ok.

      • canminuteman

        How did the phone call go?

        • Waffle

          You know, I really can’t remember but I did have the feeling that they had been instructed not to challenge. I think they were calling just to “confirm”. I happen to have a “Jewishy”-sounding name.

          • Censored_EG

            Oy vay. Anyhow, we know the Muslims will outnumber Jews by 20:1 or 30:1 in Canada by the end of Justin’s first term.

  • BillyHW

    The Left considers this de-Nazification. I’m not kidding.

    • Frances

      Read a book some years ago about how the Nazis were so easily able to identify Jews. Seems they bought a pre-computer “program” from IBM which used punch cards (big 8″ x 11″ or European equivalent) with small holes around the four sides. Said holes would be grouped in batches – a batch for “religion”, a batch for “occupation”, etc. Within each batch, the holes would be punched out to indicate the given response. So, take 100 cards, stick a knitting needle in the hole marked “Jew”, and all the cards for those identifying as Jews would drop out. Very effective. Those cards were used many years later: knew a geologist for whom these cards were his filing system, particularly with respect to published articles of interest.

      Needless to say, IBM doesn’t exactly publicize this. But when a cousin and spouse tackled us one day about my spouse’s involvement with evil oil, I was pleased to point out cousin’s spouse was taking money from a company who helped the Nazis.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Government getting a program up and running in six months.
    That’s as hilarious as the four million dollar long gun registry.
    Oh my, I don’t have enough Kleenex.

    • Waffle

      Will you still be laughing when 25,000 Syrians arrive in the next 10 weeks?

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        There is nothing I can do about anything in this country for the next four years except catalogue the abuses of this new government.
        I voted Conservative and tried to convince everyone I knew to do so.
        I am Lahey.
        And Randy, there is such a shit storm coming that everyone is going to wonder why they ever voted for this puke.

        • DavidinNorthBurnaby

          The shit apple doesn’t fall far from the shit tree, Rand.

      • JoKeR

        I think this is a picture of the first group of refugees waiting to come here
        http://pamelagellercom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/isis-fighters.jpg

        • Waffle

          Annie get your gun.

        • Censored_EG

          Indeed, and Justin will welcome this group in Ottawa wearing one of his numerous “ethnic costumes” sitting on a floor eating halal food and telling them how much he approves of niqabs, burkas, child marriage, polygamy, honour killings, and of course ISIS who he wants left alone.

          • Barry Thornton

            And everybody’s favorite, FGM

  • Clausewitz

    Yeah, I really want a Liberal government to know more about what I do. “Hey Hon who the hell is knocking on our door at 3 am?”.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Not Hillary Clinton.

  • Brett_McS

    Is this the sort of form where if you put “human” in the race column they come after you?

    • Clausewitz

      No, it’s the one that has every national descriptor except Canadian.

  • Brett_McS

    Talking about a long-form census and a country most admired, did you hear that the Chinese government has developed a giant database that is used to assign all citizens a rating? Sort of like Frequency Flyer status points, but I’d imagine there are many levels below Bronze.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      And our Justanairhead is such a big fan of the PRC. :rolleyes

    • ntt1

      indeed and that is exactly what the betas in social sciences want to do ,create dossiers on everybody.