John Helliwell: It's time for Canadians to stand up for the census

John Helliwell, a professor of economics at UBC who is involved with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, contributed an op/ed to The Vancouver Sun:

“The federal cabinet’s recent decision to cancel the 2011 long-form census was so un-Canadian in both substance and method that it must be reversed, and as soon as possible.

On the substance, Canada has a national statistical system that is the envy of the world. It is highly regarded and trusted at home and abroad. That Statistics Canada is ranked as a global leader is well known; what is less heralded is that the excellence of Canadian statistics is based on the exceptional willingness of Canadians to participate carefully whenever they are given the opportunity.”

Visit Prof. Helliwell’s website here.