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Proposed Compromise on Census Reform

PRIVACY LAW

July 30, 2010

Following the Industry Minister's announcement that the long-form census would become optional due to privacy concerns, the national body that advises Statistics Canada has called for its restoration, reports The Montreal Gazette. The National Statistics Council issued a statement expressing concern about the change, which Industry Minister Clement said was necessary due to citizens' concerns about intrusive questions. The council, however, proposes that the 2011 long-form census remain mandatory and that revisions be made to the 2016 form instead. "Debate over the future course of the census has become heated without moving toward a resolution that meets both concerns about privacy and intrusiveness, as well as the need to maintain the quality of Canada's statistical system," said National Statistics Council chair Ian McKinnon.
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