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Old 07-26-2010, 10:09 AM
 
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Long or short form and what about political interference? I have never minded doing a long form census because I do think it does provide much useful information about the overall demographics of this country.

Has the government gone too far How useful do you think a short census form will be? One of the concerns mentioned by a messenger from the office of the PM is that the long form was "too difficult" for immigrants to figure out. But if people can't read the long form, will they be able to read the short form? If Canadians need assistance filling out the form (long or short) I think we should find a way to help them.

What do you think?!!
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:52 AM
 
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Unfortunately there was no census debate, just another example of a government interfering where there should be an arm's length relationship.

I would welcome a healthy public debate over the necessity of the mandatory long form. Let all the experts with opinions on both sides speak, then make a decision.

At one time in my life I would have sided with those who feel it is too intrusive. I have changed my opinion with increased knowledge of how statistics work, and how the census is used.
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Old 07-27-2010, 01:57 PM
 
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Unfortunately there was no census debate, just another example of a government interfering where there should be an arm's length relationship.

I would welcome a healthy public debate over the necessity of the mandatory long form. Let all the experts with opinions on both sides speak, then make a decision.
This was my perception as well, from what I could glean from reading news sources (as an American) it seemed that the resignation took place because it quickly became the only recourse that Stats Canada had to make a very public gesture, having no real direct way to respond to the government's decision.

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At one time in my life I would have sided with those who feel it is too intrusive. I have changed my opinion with increased knowledge of how statistics work, and how the census is used.
Hear, hear.
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