The most eloquent journalist in Canada, Rex Murphy, has written an entertaining comment on the long-form census "issue".
"On the other side, we've had a band of deliriously agitated opposition politicos and whole packloads of folks from various organizations and think-tanks arguing that stripping the long-form census of its "threatening" provisions will leave Canadian democracy rudderless, bereft of data absolutely critical for the exercise of efficient and noble statecraft. Operas have stronger plot lines."(And now onto my non-eloquence...) Well, ain't that right. Anytime there's squib, yank, or rejig of the govmint, them beeurcats git all in a hissy fit. And that's all good in ma books.
And for those who argue that no one has been jailed or fined for choosing not to fill out the long-form, then why is there this stupid law in the first place? So we should just leave this idled threat of punishment amongst the normally law-abiding citizenry in place as it stands? Does that not just sound ... to put it eloquently, just plain stupid?
The whole article here.