Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Voluntary Admission

It's been well publicized that the former two Chief Statisticians in this land were against the Census changes - one of them led the charge against change, and the other resigned in protest over it.

Not surprisingly, their successor also acknowledges the results from a voluntary long form won't be comparable to those of past surveys:

The results of the voluntary National Household Survey, which will arrive in Canadian mailboxes in spring, “will, of course, never be comparable to census data,” Wayne Smith said in an internal Statscan publication obtained by The Globe and Mail.

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  • Resign!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:24 PM  

  • and 99.9% of Canadians couldn't care less about what some over paid pinhead snivel servants think.

    A non-issue create by desperate liberals and their allies in the socialist parliament hill press stooges.

    Iggy has the political instincts of a bag of hammers.

    He's worse than Dion if that is possible.

    Dig Iggy, dig.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:18 PM  

  • A non-issue create by desperate liberals and their allies in the socialist parliament hill press stooges.

    I assume that list includes the following organizations:

    - Alberta Health Services
    - Alberta Professional Planners Institute
    - Ancestry.ca
    - Anglican Church of Canada
    - The Bar Associate of Canada
    - Association of Canadian Economists
    - Association canadienne francaise pour avancement de science (ACFAS)
    - Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas)
    - Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA)
    - Association of Educational Researchers of Ontario
    - Association of Municipalities of Ontario
    - Association of Ontario Health Centres
    - Atlantic Provinces Economics Council / Conseil économique de province de l’atlantique
    - BC Chamber of Commerce
    - BC Government and Service Employees’ Union
    - Burlington Chamber of Commerce
    - C.D. Howe Institute
    - Calgary Herald (Editorial)
    - Calgary and Red Deer City Planners
    - Canadian Association of Professional Employees
    - Canada West Foundation
    - Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
    - Canadian Anthropology Society
    - Canadian Association for Business Economics
    - Canadian Association of Geographers
    - Canadian Association of Journalists
    - Canadian Association of Public Data Users
    - Canadian Association of Research Libraries
    - Canadian Association of Retired People
    - Canadian Association of University Teachers
    - Canadian Chamber of Commerce
    - Canadian Catholic Council of Bishops
    - Canadian Economics Association
    - Canadian Federation of Demographers
    - Canadian Federation of Independent Business
    - Canadian Federation of Students
    - Canadian Restaurant and Food Services Association
    - Canadian Historical Association - Canadian Institute of Actuaries
    - Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers
    - Canadian Institute of Planners
    - Canadian Jewish Congress
    - Canadian Marketing Association
    - Canadian Medical Association
    - Canadian Mental Health Association
    - Canadian Network of Metropolis Centers
    - Canadian Nurses Association
    - Canadian Population Society
    - Canadian Public Health Association
    - Canadian Research Data Network Centre
    - Canadian Urban Institute
    - Canadian Women’s Foundation
    - Central Toronto Community Health Centre
    - Chinese Canadian National Council
    - Children’s Aid Society of Toronto
    - City of Burnaby
    - City of Brampton
    - City of Calgary
    - City of Charlottetown
    - City of Edmonton
    - City of Fredericton
    - City of Greater Sudbury
    - City of Hamilton
    - City of Kelowna
    - City of Kitimat
    - City of Langley
    - City of Laval
    - City of Mississauga
    - City of Montreal
    - City of North Vancouver
    - City of Merritt
    - City of Montreal
    - City of Ottawa
    - City of Prince George
    - City of Red Deer
    - City of Surrey
    - City of Toronto
    - City of Vancouver
    - City of Vernon
    - City of Victoria
    - Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies
    - Commissariat aux langues officielles
    - Community Development Halton (Ontario)
    - Community Foundations of Canada
    - Conference Board of Canada
    - Conseil des agences servant les immigrants
    - Conseil Québécois des Coopératives et des Municipalités
    - Conservative MP James Rajotte


    I skipped many, and that's only up to the C's.

    So these are all "liberals and their allies in the socialist parliament hill press"?
    Since when did conservatism become so stupid?

    By Blogger Tof KW, at 7:38 PM  

  • Since when did Anonymous 12:18 represent conservatism?

    By Anonymous The Invisible Hand, at 12:33 AM  

  • If filling out the long-form is such a no-brainer, why can't anyone on that long list persuade people to do so voluntarily?

    I believe them when they say the results of a mandatory survey would be better than the results of a voluntary one.

    What I don't understand is why they're saying that I should have my property confiscated and/or go to jail if I don't want to share information with the government.

    Those are all statisticians and governments. Those people aren't unbiased, that's a list of everyone that stands to GAIN. That's like saying we should lower taxes on hockey players and then listing all the hockey teams. After all, they're experts on hockey players, right?

    Come on.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 2:39 PM  

  • @ Robert Vollman: try to think before repeating those talking points, why don't you: those cities, public health departments, & nonprofits are "only in it for themselves," are they? It's not _them_ who stand to gain, they're concerned about the welfare of their constituencies: poor people, old people, immigrants, the disabled, etc. So, no, it's not like a list of rich people complaining about taxes -- it's like a list of social workers complaining the gov't is burying & losing their files so they can't keep track of the kids in care. And you want to aid & abet them in that? But you're right: you don't understand, a whole lot of things about this issue.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:14 AM  

  • I'm sorry if this will make their jobs harder. But my job is hard too, and I don't think anyone should go to jail or be fined to make my job easier.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 5:44 PM  

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