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Friday, July 30, 2010

Obviously you can't trust voluntary surveys

The Globe and Mail is reporting on a survey that shows that 76 per cent of polled economists think that the long-form census should remain mandatory. An interesting number to be sure, but unfortunately the survey is completely unreliable.

You see, no one threatened anyone with fines or confinement to fill out this survey. If no one was under physical threat then how can we possibly trust the results?

I call upon the government to institute a mandatory survey of economists and their opinion on the census. It is only then that we will get to the truth of the matter.

Posted by Hugh MacIntyre on July 30, 2010 in Census | Permalink


I second the motion, but call for an amendment to the effect that former TD chief economist (and witness at last Tuesday's Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology) Don Drummond be given the choice between the threat of a jail sentence and the threat of a fine which, if not paid, will result in a jail sentence. To him, that's a major difference, so let's give the fella a "choice".

I'd forgotten to include newspaper polls about the census - like the one published in the Toronto Star last Friday or so - in my list of Bullshit Submissions. Thanks for posting about this Bullshit, Hugh.

Posted by: Paul McKeever | 2010-07-30 5:46:20 AM

This is getting funnier by the minute. I wonder how much longer before it's granted suffix "-gate" status?

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-07-30 6:10:50 AM

Given that we're talking about a census, might I propose we call it: Interro-gate?

Posted by: Paul McKeever | 2010-07-30 6:23:03 AM

I once had the long form census and filled it with as much bullshit as possible.Truly enjoyed filling it out and loved the idea of my own personal rebellion. If it did not have threats attached to it I probably would have been honest in return. Much like the long gun registry, where in my area people may (or may not) register one rifle where in reality they have 3 or more. Useless information with little value at prohibitive cost. Typical government thinking and good for Harper to scrap it.

Posted by: peterj | 2010-07-30 11:40:55 PM

It is now called censusgate.

Posted by: Doug Ransom | 2010-08-01 9:56:49 AM

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