Saturday, July 24, 2010
I wish they'd remember the omnibus budget bill C-9 that was shoved down Canadian's throats but we'll take what we can get at this point. We're impressed on one level that Stephen Harper can make Michael Ignatieff look so great. Don't mistake that for a backhanded compliment - I like Mr. Ignatieff but have had more than a few doubts about his being a politician.
He seems to be learning though. His tour to talk and listen to Canadians will pay dividends I believe as he learns to better communicate his message. I listened to an interview on CBC 1 in Montreal (abysmal questioning) on Friday and he handled himself with aplomb in spite of the amateurish interviewer. It augers well for the fall session I hope.
So, back to Harper staying in the news. The census flap is turning out to be far worse than he could have expected. I mean all he wanted to do was throw his base a bone... right? Of course it was at the expense of the rest of Canada and unfortunately for Stephen someone stood up to let Canadians know.Munir Sheikh resigned because he knows the importance in the value of Statistics Canada as an institution.
Census surveys form the basis of much of Statistics Canada’s other analyses, including vital labour force measures such as the unemployment rate. It drives everything from corporate fundraising drives in Toronto to the deployment of B.C. lunch programs for school kids; and from the layout of suburban subdivisions to the prescriptions of think tanks of every ideological bent.
Restaurants use information from the long form to help determine where to locate and how to target their marketing. Census information turns out to be an unexpectedly effective fundraising tool.
Census data such as mother tongue and family income also allows provincial education officials to target resources for services such as B.C.'s breakfast programs for schoolchildren and English-as-a-second language instruction in Ontario cities with large numbers of newcomers. In Penticton, B.C., two elementary schools receive extra funds for a hot-lunch program thanks to census tract data that reveals which neighbourhoods have relatively high concentrations of poor families.
Here's a list of organizations who are against the scrapping of the long form census:
Canadian Jewish Congress
Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
Canadian Medical Association Journal
Registered Nurses of Ontario
Canadian Conference of the Arts
Canada West Foundation
Canadian Nurses Association
Canadian Labour Congress
Canadian Council on Social Development
United Way Canada
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada
Canadian Marketing Association
Marketing Research and Intelligence Association
Manitoba Bureau of Statistics
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Association of Municipalities of Ontario
Canadian Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities
Association francophone des municipalites du Nouveau-Brunswick
Canadian Institute of Planners
Canadian Association for Business Economics
Canadian Association of University Teachers
Institute for Research on Public Policy
Quebec Community Groups Network
Atlantic Provinces Economic Council
New Brunswick Association of Social Workers
C.D. Howe Institute
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Statistical Society of Canada
Canadian Economics Association
Canadian Association of Public Data Users
Information and Communications Technology Council
The best thing from the perspective of someone who wants to see anyone other than Harper in the PM's office is that he's too much of an ideologue to back down or change his mind and it'll cost him.