2015-11-06 Expedited post to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau re Census Long Form
(Deletions made in order to keep the posting more focused.)
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Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,
. . . (Congratulations . . .)
You said on the evening of October 19th that you hoped Canadians would continue to be engaged. In my opinion, that is a must – – Canadians have to assist you in achieving your potential. The take down of democracy by corporate structures is insidious and pervasive in our institutions. Citizens have to fight to re-claim. The election of your Government promises to be very helpful. And more so, if we can unseat what I call the corporatocracy.
The issue is the Census Long Form.
- Navdeep Bains, Minister for Innovation & Science received an email from me. And
- Maryam Monsef, the Minister Responsible for Democratic Institutions received a facebook request that she review the documentation conveyed to Navdeep
You may not be aware of the serious complications around the Census Long Form:
- The involvement of Lockheed Martin Corporation at StatsCan
- The building of detailed files on citizens
I have enclosed copies of
- Information conveyed to Navdeep and Maryam, 2015-11-05 Mandatory long form census, submitted to Minister Navdeep Bains (Innovation, Science & Development)
- Information (http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=15298 & http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=15295) sent to Paul Wells at Maclean’s Magazine following their Sept article that effectively advocated for detailed files on citizens. You just don’t do that in a democracy. We have a Charter Right to Privacy of Personal information for a reason.
I know that “the office of Justin Trudeau” will open my envelope. I hope someone with an open mind will review it.
If you are doubtful about the need to be open about the situation, I recommend that you refer the information package outside politicized circles for judgment. The question of detailed files on citizens should not be a political matter. It is a matter of Charter Rights and common sense about Lockheed Martin’s involvement at StatsCan.
The documentation submitted to Navdeep (enclosed) and the many shared stories on my blog show a difficult relationship between StatsCan and citizens. The way to resolve it is not through the employment of “Communications Consultants”.
I almost wish I didn’t have hope – – it places a great burden on you in a fast world where there is insufficient time for reflection.
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Sept 20: Advocating for detailed files on citizens (Response to Maclean’s Magazine)
Nov 5. Mandatory long form census, to Minister Navdeep Bains (Innovation, Science & Development) Minister Responsible for the Census
Nov 6. To Prime Minister J Trudeau, Census Long Form & Charter Right to Privacy
Nov 7. My reply to “What’s your take?”
Nov 9. Request to defend Charter Right (Privacy of Personal Information) – to Ministers Justice, Democratic Institutions & Privacy Commissioner Includes reply and response.
Jan 9. 2016-01-09 To Parliamentary Secretary for Justice, Sean Casey, re Mandatory Census Long Form and Charter Right to Privacy of Personal Information
2015. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms: 1. Letter of Mandate to Attorney General & 2. Quotes from Trudeau’s book, “Common Ground”
Have you contacted any radio or TV stations with the concerns over the long-form census? I have never seen or heard anything about this on either TV or radio.
We citizens can debate and discuss the unfairness and undemocratic nature of this form, but as far as I can tell, it is illegal for anyone to refuse to complete the census form, short or long. And very few average citizens can afford what goes along with the legal ramifications of doing that.
Do you agree?