Saskatchewan university history professor Bill Waiser in an opinion piece printed in the Ottawa Citizen explains why it's important to have access to the census.
If you recall there was a battle royal over access ten years ago and a compromise reached. Part of the deal was, and is, a clause (2.1) in the 2005 Act to amend the Statistics Act (S.C. 2005, c. 31) that requires "a review of the informed-consent question "no later than two years before the taking of the third census of population (2016) … by any committee of the Senate, the House of Commons or both Houses of Parliament that may be designated or established for that purpose." Clause 2.2 requires a report on the matter."
I've been puzzled as I couldn't find these conditions in the consolidated version of the act provided on the Statistics Canada website.
It's an interesting omission, if I was of a suspicious turn of mind I might imagine someone is trying to bury something.
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