Dear APLA Members,
Though not unexpected, the failure in second reading yesterday of Bill C-626 is nonetheless a major disappointment. The bill, if passed into law, would have restored the census long-form and the independence of the Chief Statistician of Canada. Some of you will remember that APLA, under then-President Sarah Gladwell, advocated against the elimination of the long-form in 2011.
I was going to add something about the sad state of our democracy, but perhaps that’s not my place.
Thanks to all who, one way or another, took the time to support the bill.
One last opportunity to support Bill C-626.
Convener, Advocacy Interest Group
Associate Director of Libraries, Collection Services
University of New Brunswick Libraries
Tel: (506) 458-7053
Tomorrow, Bill C-626, a bill to amend the Statistics Canada Act in order to reinstate the long-form census and expand the authority of the Chief Statistician of Canada goes to vote.
Our decision-makers will be voting on the future of smart decision-making in Canada.
Thanks to you, me, and the other near 7,000 individuals who already sent letters to their MP, this issue has been recieving a lot of media attention this past week.
Here are a few pieces that have done an outstanding job outlining what is at stake here and why Canada needs better data:
- Why Canada should reinstate long-form census: Scharper (Toronto Star)
- For Competitiveness' Sake, Restore the Canadian Census (Huffington Post Canada)
- Metro Morning: Long-form census (CBC)
- Damage from cancelled census as bad as feared, researchers say (Globe and Mail)
I urge you to share these pieces with your network before the Bill goes to vote tomorrow.
Please join us in this final push to support Bill C-626 and our pursuit of a healthier, safer, and more prosperous Canada by sharing news of why Canadians deserve better statistics and contacting your MP.
Thanks for standing up for smart decision-making!