Friday, 1 April 2011

No. 8: Government lies about complaints in order to kill long-form census

Industry minister Tony Clement has repeatedly said that the threat of imprisonment for not filling out the mandatory long-form census played a large part in the government’s decision, even though a Canadian has never been jailed for refusing to fill out the form.

He then argued that Canadians believed the form was too invasive.  This was not borne out by Canada’s privacy watchdog who reported that it had received just three complaints about the census in the last decade.