Janet asked: What’s your take . . .
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It’s probably crazy to expect that anything can be done at this stage (census long form).
NONETHELESS, I sent e-communications to ministers responsible:
- 2015-11-05 Mandatory long form census, submitted to Minister Navdeep Bains (Innovation, Science & Development)
- Maryam Monsef, Democratic Institutions (posted on her facebook page and sent same as submitted to Navdeep)
Still nervous, yesterday I sent by Canada Post:
Because the Charter Right to Privacy of Personal Information is the responsibility of the Attorney General (Minister of Justice), I then sent through Canada Post:
- 2015-11-09 Letter to Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould. Census long form. Protect Charter Right to Privacy of Personal Information.
- After the holidays there was news of the rolling out of the Census, I took a last kick-at-the-can: 2016-01-09 To Parliamentary Secretary for Justice, Sean Casey, re Mandatory Census Long Form and Charter Right to Privacy of Personal Information
To me, the communication I sent to Bains and Monsef says:
- Coercion does not work (2011 – non-compliance is 11%)
- Openness is required. The Lockheed Martin problem has to be addressed. You cannot sweep it under the rug.
- Collaborative problem solving is required.
- Spin-doctoring doesn’t work. (I didn’t say, but should have: Neither does Deny, deny, deny work in a somewhat informed citizenry.)
I think the complete solution is more than getting rid of Lockheed Martin’s involvement. (Note that Lockheed doesn’t “process” the census and survey data. They have been involved with the data base at StatsCan.)
I have no doubt that NSA “back-door” access to the StatsCan data base is in place, through Lockheed’s involvement at StatsCan:
- The report by Ottawa Citizen on Security Conference in Ottawa, unequivocal statement that the Americans want access to the data on all Canadians.
- The Maclean’s report in which the “President for the Americas, Lockheed Martin” spells out how they are going to get what they want.
- Add to that the information leaked by Ed Snowden and Glenn Greenwald, include Assange.
- Add to that the spying culture that has arisen out of American imperialism.
I did not, but should have included in the documentation sent to the Government, the story of Ladar Levison:
- 2014-06-27 Ladar Levison: The American who shut down his business when he felt his government wanted too much
- 2014-05-29 Lavabit founder, Ladar Levison, fought 9-month legal battle with FBI
A few points:
- Getting rid of Lockheed Martin at StatsCan won’t remove the backdoor access to the data base.
- All credibility has been lost. You can’t trust what is said. Communications Consultants are about whitewashing and pushing an agenda. Their work is not judged by ethical standards. To them, truth and openness are obstacles. There are unethical quislings in strategic positions in the bureaucracy, amongst the ethical and hard-working ones.
- We are “nice”. We are prone to forget “not nice”. At our peril. Lockheed Martin is a big player in the corporatocracy which is well described by John Perkins. I hope to soon circulate this link by email: Confessions of an Economic Hitman
Janet – – if you haven’t read Perkins’ Confessions, take time to listen to the Youtube interview of him at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-a6jzU0YgQ . Perkins is legitimate, I did background checks. His work has been in the public domain for at least 8 years, and is supported.
4. Most citizens understand that elected officials don’t run the show: big corporations are doing it behind the scenes with their collaborators. Perkins enlightens as to their tactics. They are without scruples. We have to deal with that reality. And we are, through citizen movements big and small (Occupy, March Against Monsanto, Idle No More, Black Lives Matter, Dis-invest, #HaveNoFear; Committee For Future Generations; ad infinitum).
5. In light of point #4, in light of the troubling fact that in 2011 we re-elected the Harper Conservative Agenda, in light of the still rampant racism (the denigrating emails that are circulating about Muslims), in light of everything that mainstream media does not tell citizens, it is my opinion that Canadians will be making a tragic mistake if they agree to extinguish our Charter Right to Privacy of Personal Information.
“In fostering the underlying values of dignity, integrity and autonomy, it is fitting that s. 8 of the Charter should seek to protect a biographical core of personal information which individuals in a free and democratic society would wish to maintain and control from dissemination to the state.”
In answer to your question, the resolution of the debacle at StatsCan must include a solid defence of this Charter Right. It seems to me that many Canadians understand the danger inherent in allowing the state to build and maintain files that hold detailed personal information about them.
(Sorry – – never a “short” answer from me, Janet!)
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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 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”