2 PETITIONS TO SAVE STATISTICS CANADA, OUR ECONOMY, AND OUR SOCIETY
Petition 1: " We
call on Canada's leaders to protect the nation's official statistics from
political interference." - Published Sept 20, 2010 by Ryan Scheie.
Sound information that all concerned can trust is essential for Canada’s market economy.
When labour and management negotiate, or when civic or international issues are being debated,
we want all
sides to be able to trust Statistics Canada numbers.
Global financial markets penalize nations that lack statistics that are trusted.
We agree with economists
"Canadian politicians have had an admirable track record of providing Statistics
Canada with the independence it needs to produce credible statistical
information." We agree too that Greece's plight and the consequences for the European Union and the Euro illustrate the importance for a nation of having credible official statistics. See
Yet in July, the Harper cabinet decided to replace the census long form with a voluntary survey. Canada's Chief Statistician,
Munir Sheikh, sacrificed his career and resigned.
predecessor Ivan Fellegi explained: " The change means we will spend upwards of
$100 million to gather unusable data."
A reaffirmation of the de facto arms length status of Statistics Canada is needed to restore domestic and global trust in Canada’s official statistics.
Thus we join
Mel Cappe (Clerk of Privy Council,
Dodge (Governor of the Bank of Canada, 2001-2008),
Fellegi (Chief Statistician,
Alex Himelfarb (Clerk of Privy Council,
2002-2006) in calling for a reaffirmation of the UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, including the principle that the Chief Statistician is responsible for issues of methodology and technique of data collection and production.
It is crucial too to reinstate the census long form in 2011 or even 2012. Late data is far better than bad data. [Demographer
Lisa Dillon and the incoming president of the
Petition 2: "We call on the Canadian government to reverse its
decision to eliminate the mandatory long form Canada census questionaire."
The long form census is how we understand who “we” are.
The information collected through this form is critical to understanding the character and diversity of Canada. The long form questionnaire is an essential tool to enable business and social planning, research, and development of programs for the well-being of Canadians.” Published July 3, 2010 by Marianne Levitsky.
Eliminating the mandatory long form census will ruin Canada's superior public and private sector survey data collection advantage.
David Green and Kevin Milligan explain that the long
form also is
used to construct sampling frames and benchmarks for most other household
surveys. From health and education to employment and marketing, the quality of
the information that government and business and personal decisions are based on
will be underminded. Data products such as the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and
the Labour Force Survey(LFS) will be suffer too.
Not just social statistics, but also key economic statistics, are affected including
the CPI which is used to adjust tax brackets, wages, etc. for inflation.
The CPI and LFS are built into contracts and agreements affecting wages, tax
brackets, pensions, transfer benefits, and much more. These and other Statistics
Canada indicators are also used as Government performance measures. Those being assessed shouldn’t control how the numbers are produced.
Sign two petitions now for two important needs:
Click here to sign Petition 1 for reaffirming the
de facto arms length status of Statscan,
Click here to sign Petition 2 for reinstating the mandatory long form census.
You may also want to
click here to vote in the Globe online
for groups for and against ending the mandatory long form.
See here for more information and links.
http://www.savethecensus.ca/savethecensus.ca/Home.html provides a “toolkit” for community organizing.