Census appeal hits dead end in Federal Court

Application by francophone group for judicial review gets turned down

The Federal Court won’t be hearing a Francophone group’s last-ditch appeal to save the long-form census after all. Judge Richard Boivin turned down the Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities’ petition for a judicial review, saying there was nothing in the government’s decision that violates the Official Languages Act. But while the court was siding with the government, a new poll shows many Canadians would like to see the Conservatives reverse course on the census. The Angus Reid survey found 49 per cent of Canadians think the government should re-instate the mandatory long-form census, while 29 per cent said it should stick to scrapping it.

Toronto Star

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