Long-form census is needed for good decision-making: Editorial

By The Toronto Star, 5 February 2015

It’s like pulling government policies out of a black hole.

That’s what groups as varied as the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, doctors, charities, city planners, educators, economists, business leaders, scientists, academics, pollsters, civic activists and ordinary citizens alike have been arguing since the Harper government ditched the long-form census back in 2010. (...)

So it was good news this week when both municipal and federal politicians shone a new spotlight on the issue. They are right to do so.

The evidence is mounting that the Harper government’s decision to do away with the compulsory long-form census and replace it with a voluntary National Household Survey – which cost $22 million more to produce – is costing Canada dearly. (...)

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