The CCPA's Senior Economist, Armine Yalnizyan, has decried the recent government decision to elmiinate mandatory long-form questionnaires in the gathering of census data.
"This move will weaken the quality and availability of data that tells us what is happening to employment, immigration, housing, incomes and education – the very issues that beg for the best policy decisions possible as we inch our way through recovery," writes Yalnizyan in an open letter that was posted June 30th to The Progressive Economics Forum.
The letter is addressed to the Honourable Tony Clement, Ministry of Industry and Minister Responsible for Statistics Canada and Munir Sheikh, Chief Statistician, Statistics Canada. To read the letter in full, click here.
(Right: Armine Yalnizyan Credit: Neil Ward)
On Monday, July 5th, 2010, Armine appeared on CBC radio's As It Happens to speak further about the issue. To listen, click the CBC radio one logo below, or to download, right click and select "Save Link As...".