Last week there appeared here an unofficial tally of those organizations and officials who oppose the government’s decision to do away with the mandatory long-form census. Several more expressions of concern have since been noted.
Here then, in the interests of fairness, is the list of organizations and officials who have expressed support for the government’s decision.
The Fraser Institute, the National Citizens Coalition and the mayor of Kenora.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s British Columbia director has applauded the decision, but after conferring with Kevin Gaudet, the CTF’s federal director, it seems the CTF would rather the long form (now called the National Household Survey) be eliminated completely and it opposes the extra spending necessary to conduct the voluntary NHS. The governments of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan have all essentially punted on the issue. The mayors of Edson and Yellowhead County in Alberta say they aren’t concerned by the changes.
If there are other groups or officials I’ve missed, please let me know.