Please see the Comment at bottom of this posting and my rebuttal. If that is insufficient, there are many postings on this blog about this issue.
OTTAWA – If Statistics Canada was surprised by the Conservatives before the last census, this time it was ready for the unexpected.
Stephen Harper’s government revealed it would kill the mandatory long-form questionnaire less than a year before the 2011 census was mailed out and two years after an election campaign where the topic never came up. The statistics agency scrambled to get a voluntary National Household Survey in place.
When the Liberals were sworn into office in November, one of their first orders of business was to announce the reinstatement of the long-form census.
The timeline seemed very tight — the first forms are to go out to residents in the North in February.