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Surely the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’ moment of universal respect and deference must not pass without noting its opinion on the elimination of the long-form census.

CFIB is highly experienced in the design and conduct of surveys, relying on them to form accurate pictures of the small- and mid-sized business community. We therefore understand the strengths and weaknesses of voluntary questionnaires, managing response burden and dealing with sensitive subject matter. Because of our experience with authoring surveys and with purchasing Census long-form data, CFIB has grave concerns about how your proposed changes could diminish data quality and harm comparability with previous Census years.

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