Four Reasons, No explanation

The census controversy keeps on trucking.  Courts rule.  Compromises are proposed.  Resolutions are considered.  It just won’t go away.  So why does the Government’s decision stand and why was it taken in the first place?  How, in other words, did we get here?  What follows are several explanations, each of which I have given a … 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