Today in analogies and sample selection bias

Jim Flaherty explains how the fact he managed to get 22 prominent business leaders and policy thinkers to attend a retreat at the Wakefield Mill Inn demonstrates that Canadians will happily comply with a voluntary census.

“Canadians are good citizens. I just did a conference this week. I invited some really smart Canadians to come and give the government advice through Finance, and everybody I asked showed up. Nobody got paid. I didn’t have to threaten anybody with going to jail. We don’t need to see that in this country. I expect that the long form’s being sent out to a substantial number of people across the country [who] are being asked to complete it voluntarily, and knowing Canadians as I think we know them, we’ll get lots of those forms completed and sent back without having to threaten people with jail or fines,” he said.

Looking for more?

Get the Best of Maclean's sent straight to your inbox. Sign up for news, commentary and analysis.