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Statistician Discusses Household Survey

PERSONAL PRIVACY

March 11, 2011

While some legislators are pushing for a return to a mandatory long-form census, Chief Statistician Wayne Smith spoke before the Canada House of Commons this week, stating he will not know whether the new voluntary national household survey is an effective replacement until the results are reviewed later in the year, the Toronto Sun reports. The federal government made the long form voluntary after noting that such questions as "religion and the size of a person's home were invasive and should be optional." MP Carolyn Bennett, who introduced the proposal to return to the long-form census, has said that filling out the questionnaire does not mean such specific information as religious affiliation is linked back to individuals.
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