Oh no! Not the Census Again!

In his testimony before the Industry Committee today, Ivan Fellegi, the former and universally respected head of Statistics Canada, expressed pleasant surprise at how strongly people in almost every sector of Canadian society have come out in support of the census and the importance of the information produced through the mandatory long form.  For many, … Continue reading

A Professional Public Servant Resigns

Former Chief Statistician Munir Sheikh’s resignation was a brave and admirable act.  The Mark News has just published my thoughts on the subject.

Bargain Basement Citizenship

What do the Omar Khadr case, the census controversy and taxes all have in common?  All, I think, in one way or another, tell us something about the value of our common citizenship. With citizenship, as with most things, we get what we pay for.  It seems today we are being asked to pay less … Continue reading

“Give Me Back My Compulsory Long Form Census Questionnaire.”

Although we are in the later innings of this controversy, I still want to add my thoughts on Canada’s very own census flap. With no fanfare the government announced that it would bring to an end the compulsory census long form and substitute instead a voluntary version. I doubt that the Government imagined for a … Continue reading

Security Trumps Liberty

Public policy is almost invariably trying to balance competing interests and goals, nowhere more so than in a country as diverse as ours.  But even where we have consensus, policy has to come to grips with the reality that the things we want, our policy goals, may be in conflict.  Someone said not long ago … Continue reading

Canada Day

As ever, Canada’s birthday celebration has inspired a bunch of articles and blogs on what it means to be Canadian, what we should be celebrating, and what we should be worried about.  Having been brought to Canada by parents who chose her as their home,  I do have the immigrant’s visceral love of Canada for … Continue reading