Proposed census changes
Queen’s University School of Urban and Regional Planning professor Andrejs Skaburskis is available to talk about the Conservatives government’s plan to make the long form of the 2011 Census voluntary.
“This will have negative consequences for people involved in government policy and Canadians in general. The voluntary nature of the response will lead to major biases being introduced into the only comprehensive data source Canada has that help officials understand and plan for the future – everything from predicting future housing and energy demands to market analysis of a broad range of manufacturing and retail sectors,” says Professor Skaburskis, who jokes he has spent more time with Census data over than past 25 years than with his wife.
“A voluntary long-form census would leave a black mark on Canadian history. Twenty, 30, and a 100 years from now people will wonder how supposedly educated people could have allowed such a change in the 2011 census.”
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