Comment 44210

By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted July 28, 2010 at 11:31:20

Ask any statistician and they will tell you that a voluntary census will be completely useless because the people who fill out the census voluntarily will not be random, hence you will not have a true random sample.

Yes, it is an intrusion into your privacy, but it's for the benefit of all citizens of Canada. The information is used by many government agencies, charities, and social agencies, among others. Information that you might think is not relevant, or is an invasion of privacy without a purpose might be more important than you realize.

Statscan is consistently considered one of the best statistics organizations in the world. Why would we want to gut it, especially when here hasn't been any public support requesting the long form be scrapped. It seems like the Harper government had this idea on the agenda, like making the national anthem more "gender neutral", and introduces these ideas despite the fact the majority of Canadians aren't interested, and have no problem with it.

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