Supreme Court won't hear Saskatchewan woman's appeal over census refusal

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear the appeal of a Saskatoon woman who refused to fill out the 2006 long-form census.

Sandra Finley was found guilty in 2011 of contravening the Statistics Act after she refused to fill out the questionnaire.

The provincial court gave her an absolute discharge, meaning she did not face any fine or jail time.

She argues that the act violates her right to be protected from unreasonable search and seizure.

Her main objection to the census focuses on a software contract Statistics Canada awarded to Lockheed Martin, which is also a major military contractor.

As usual, the court gave no reasons for its decision not to hear the case.

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