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July 25, 2010

Canadians angry about scrapping of Long Form Census

CANADA - Canadians are hopping mad about the scrapping of the long form census and its not just politicians, economists, researchers, scientists, university professors and academics. The general public is angry about it too.

According to a Toronto Star poll 70% of readers are against the changes. And the debate has since gone viral on Facebook: Keep the Canada Census Long Form.

There's also a petition at Keep the Canadian Census Form.

Even the minister responsible for scrapping the long form census Tony Clement is against the scrapping of it, but his arm is being twisted because he's basically been told by Stephen Harper that either it goes or he goes.

Evidently Tony Clement wants to keep his job so he does whatever the Prime Minister tells him to do.

See Also: Stephen Harper hates Stats Canada

Harper's government claims the reason for scrapping the long form census is to respect the privacy of Canadians. Utter nonsense. The long form census has never been used to invade privacy.

But Harper's government has frequently invaded the privacy of Canadians:

#1. Harper's government requires airlines to collect detailed personal information about everyone who flies and then hand that info over to the government and also send copies to the USA.

#2. Last month Harper's government placed a lockdown on downtown Toronto, arbitrarily stopping and arresting people at random and taking away their freedom and their right to due process. Lawsuits still pending.

#3. The Harper government has authorized the RCMP to use gestapo tactics to hunt down and intimidate government dissidents who (surprise, surprise) dislike Stephen Harper.

"You MUST like the glorious Canadian leader. Or else."

The scrapping of the census long form has been decried by every organized Canadian group imaginable, everything from accountants to real estate agents to bankers to teachers to newspaper editors to politicians of all political stripes. The long form census is a NECESSITY for determining accurate statistics about Canadians and scrapping it will ultimately hurt the economy, our education standards and our ability to make informed decisions.

Meanwhile the head of Statistics Canada, Munir Sheikh, has resigned. He's now being revered as a national hero for standing up against Stephen Harper's hypocrisy.

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