Canadian Long-Form Census Questionnaire
Articles from the current issue of the journal Canadian Public Policy
2B or Not 2B? What Should Have Happened with the Canadian Long Form Census? What Should Happen Now? - By Michael R. Veall, Department of Economics, McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario
The Value of the Long Form Canadian Census for Long Term National and International Research - By Lisa Dillon, Département de Démographie, Université de Montréal, Québec
The Importance of the Long Form Census to Canada - By David A. Green and Kevin Milligan, Department of Economics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Invited Commentaries/ Commentaires sollicités The Politics of the Census: Lessons from Abroad - By Debra Thompson, Department of Government/Center for American Political Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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OTTAWA - The Conservative government's decision to eliminate the mandatory long-form census is being challenged again in court.
Lawyers for a coalition of aboriginal organizations and chiefs from Atlantic Canada will argue on Monday in Federal Court in Halifax that the decision violates their constitutional rights, including their right to equality under the Charter.
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EU scolds Harper government for StatsCan controversy
The European Union's statistical gurus have taken the Canadian government to task for denting the professional independence of Statistics Canada through the census debate. In the newly released report, the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board decries the government's decision to replace the mandatory long-form census with a voluntary survey, citing Canada as a cautionary tale of statistical agencies losing their traditional autonomy. To read more, click here.
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Tories haul out 'coalition' label in census spat
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Government study reveals significant errors in voluntary census
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Brief from MRIA on Long-Form Portion of the Canadian Census
The issue of whether or not Canada should have a mandatory long-form census questionnaire is of prime importance to MRIA members. Specifically, our concern is that the Government’s planned cancellation of the long-form questionnaire will adversely affect the availability, quality and reliability of essential data collected about Canadians. This Brief outlines our industry’s support for the continuation of the mandatory long-form census questionnaire, and sets out a number of arguments urging Cabinet to reverse its decision to cancel it. To read the entire Letter, click here.
PM told to ‘rethink’ census
McGuinty joins others urging Harper to change decision to make mandatory long form voluntary
Published On Wed Jul 28 2010, Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS
Les Whittington and Richard J. Brennan Ottawa Bureau, Toronto Star
OTTAWA—Pressure is mounting on the Harper government to back down on its hotly disputed decision to replace the mandatory long-form census.
Premier Dalton McGuinty joined the chorus of business, government and academic interests urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to seek a compromise solution in time for the next census in 2011.
McGuinty called on the federal Conservatives to reevaluate their decision to change the mandatory 40-page census to a voluntary survey, a move that many experts say will nullify the value of the entire census exercise.
“I think it would be a mistake on the part of the federal government to make the change it is proposing,” McGuinty said. “I hope they are giving this a rethink.”
The census issue is expected to come up next week when McGuinty meets with his provincial counterparts at the annual premier's conference in Winnipeg.
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MRIA CALLS FOR RETENTION OF MANDATORY LONG-FORM CENSUS QUESTIONNAIRE
The Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA) today issued an open letter to the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Minister Responsible for Statistics Canada, calling upon the federal Government to reverse its decision to eliminate the mandatory long-form census questionnaire. MRIA’s concern revolves around the impact this decision will have on the availability, quality and reliability of essential data that is collected about Canadians once every five years.
The data generated by the long-form census questionnaire provide decision-makers in the public and private sectors with a deep and rich set of facts about Canadians, facts that are reliable at the local, regional and national levels. The robustness and reliability of the data is due to the huge sample involved (one in five households), and because response is mandatory.
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