In 2011 the Conservative government announced that due to privacy concerns the long form census would no longer be mandatory. It would be replaced by a short form census that would only collect basic demographic data.Opponents of the census include civil liberty advocates who argue that the long form census is too invasive and violates people’s privacy. Proponents of reinstating the census voluntary survey argue that without the mandatory long form census it’s harder to track trends in income inequality, immigrant outcomes in the jobs market, labour shortages and demographic shifts.
Yes, but it should only be required every 5 years, easier to complete online, the information is vital for economists, scientists, statisticians, and the government to accurately make important policy decisions, but also ensure privacy
Yes, the information is vital for economists, scientists, statisticians and the government to accurately make important policy decisions, but it should only be required every 5 years and easier to complete online.
It depends whether or not they are selling the data. Will I be discriminated against for my disability status? Will I be targeted for being gay? I need to know the information is private before I give it, or at least knowing the sources it is going to.
Now that bill c-51 passed, the government gets all the information they could want through spying on us via internet and telephone as well as satellite surveillance and video monitoring. The government has way more information about Canadians now than ever before so reinstating the long form in the census is a non issue I feel is used by the candidates to distract from other more difficult to talk about issues like getting rid of bill c-51!
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