Liberals to Bring Back Long Census Form

You voted for it, Canada:

The new Liberal government is making good on a promise to resurrect the mandatory, long-form census killed off by the Conservatives, but is vague on the details of how it plans to persuade Canadians to fill it out.

The long-form component of the 2011 questionnaire was axed by Stephen Harper’s government, which called it intrusive to threaten people with fines and jail time for not answering personal questions — a nod to the party’s libertarian base.

The Conservatives replaced the long-form census with the National Household Survey. The response rate declined from 93.5 per cent in 2006 to 68.6 per cent in 2011.

The new Liberal government, however, is giving priority to evidence-based decision-making instead of ideology, said Navdeep Bains, the minister of innovation, science and economic development.

“Today, Canadians are reclaiming their right to accurate and more reliable information,” Bains told a news conference.

What a red herring.

  • mauser 98

    can’t wait

  • eMan14

    Navdeep and take a deep dive off a tall cliff.

    • Will Quest

      Will Navdeep Bains, the minister of innovation, science and economic development. open a liberal call-center in India …… outsourcing is so so ‘progressive’ ……..

  • Maggat

    My wife, at the time, refused to fill it out other than the bare necessities and was threatened with jail. She still refused and later died a free woman.

    • andycanuck

      R.I.P.

    • Alain

      Another option is giving them poppycock instead of the truth. Let them prove otherwise. They were absolutely useless, totally invasive and a royal pain in the arse.

      • Exile1981

        That works since you can be whatever you feel like in the liberal world.

        • DavidinNorthBurnaby

          Good point. If I can “identify” as female for a pop into the girls’ room, why not while filling out my form? Ooh, I’m feeling so female just at the moment. Yeah, that’s it, that’s the ticket. 🙂

          • Exile1981

            identify as a female lesbian of inuit decent. That hits all the major minority groups.

    • V10_Rob

      I’m very tempted to take mine (should I get one) to my nearest Lib MP and rip it up in their face.

      Either that, or explain my hourly rates as it’s taking up my valuable time (**** you, pay me).

      • DavidinNorthBurnaby

        Always remember that *you* are *their* boss. You pay them. They need your vote.

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  • Mit Mitnagidman

    “Evidence-based decision making instead of ideology”. I guess that means goodbye to the global warming scam. Ha Ha.

    If this was true they would be conservatives.

  • The Butterfly

    It’s just like pre-Nazi Germany again!

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      But without the cool Hugo Boss uniforms.

      • Frances

        And without the help of IBM pre-computer punch cards, which allowed the Nazis to identify the Jews really quickly.

      • DavidinNorthBurnaby

        Because, let’s face it, we won the war but they won the fashion show.

  • terrence

    “The new Liberal government, however, is giving priority to evidence-based decision-making instead of ideology, said Navdeep Bains, the minister of innovation, science and economic development.

    “Today, Canadians are reclaiming their right to accurate and more reliable information,” Bains told a news conference.”

    What a load of self-congratulatory flap-doodle. Funny he did not mention the fines and jail time for not filling out the census long form – if you were “selected” to fill it out.

    • El Martyachi

      The long form census thing is a clear fault-line. Some other lines aren’t so clear because people are confused. This isn’t one of them. And “the right to be coerced into filling out silly forms” doesn’t have the same ring to it…

    • mauser 98

      refused to fill out Johnny Crutons long form census in 90’s
      a Lib hack stooge knocked on my door said i had to fill it out
      told him it is for taxation purposes only since Babylonian times
      he handed me a special short form one with 4 questions on it , rooms , number of people and such which they know anyway

      filled it out , Lib hack snorted went away

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    “What a red herring”
    What a crock of shite. fify 😉

    • Clausewitz

      We’ll be forced to fill it out and then hand it in. However how are they going to enforce us to answer them truthfully? I feel a surge of creativity coming on.

  • Frances

    Here comes Creativity 101. Had the misfortune for some years to fill in Stats Can forms for a client. Finally pointed out to Stats Can person wanting stats that 1) I was not working for free and 2) client had better things to do with his money than pay for my filling out their useless form. Got down to about 15 minutes, using a few very quick stats from accounting program and a lot of n/e’s. Also got them to accept my title as “resident dragon”.

    • ntt1

      that’s good ! .when the form comes back I will be taking a page from your book and being extremely creative in my box filling.

  • ntt1

    A classic case of liberal/progressive inversion of meaning. “Canadians reclaiming their right to accurate and more reliable information” actually means the government is going to force you to divulge personal information so all those other wise unemployable social science wonks, will then craft more invasive government policies. Ever wonder what the soft social science grads do after graduation? a very lucky few are picked to continue to teach at Universities replicating more useless twits, a few more, females and “males” that sit to pee, are equity hired into large corporations to as tokens. but the vast majority end up in Government jobs because government is their only savior from baristering or loading bags at the quicky-mart.The long form return is vital in keeping these otherwise useless puffers occupied and stopping them from forming feral gangs or trying to talk indians into being idle no more.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I honestly don’t see how the long form was any different than the intrusive stats can survey we’ve been forced to participate in for the last few years.
    I get pissed off when they call and hand it off to my wife.
    I can’t be bothered to even lie to them.

  • Clear Thinker

    Tell them you are a soon to be trans testicalled left handed skirt wearing pedophile with transdisabled goat spoiling tendencies. This will get your region tons of new inclusion money from the feds. You can ask to have it sent to the Ben Levin/Clifford Olson memorial daycare.