Jan 212011


Sandra Finley has been given an absolute discharge, one week after she was found guilty of refusing to fill in the long-form census in 2006.

Judge Sheila Whelan announced the sentence Thursday morning in Saskatoon provincial court.

Finley had argued during her trial that she objected to the government’s hiring of Lockheed Martin Canada Ltd. to provide computer hardware and software and printing of forms for the census.

She also invoked the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, saying it protects citizens from being forced to turn over “a biographical core of personal information” to the state.

In a written ruling, Whelan said Finley “did not meet the burden” of showing her charter rights had been violated.

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