Friday, July 30, 2010

Economists For Keeping Long Form Census

If we're going to have a Conservative government, can we at least not have a dumb one? Is that too much to ask?

Now partisans on the left may say that the term "dumb Conservative government" is redundant, that you can't have one without the other, but that's just ideological posturing. In reality there are many differences between the parties that rest solely on their philosphies and loyalists instead of talking to the different values just call each other names. Very few differences between political parties are objectively false, the Conservative government's stance on the long form census just happens to be one of those times.

The Globe and Mail reports that 75% of economists surveyed think the Conservative's decision to axe the long form census is wrong, adding economists to the long list of provinces, municipalities, statisticians, doctors and nurses, planners, social organizations and professors who oppose cancelling it.

With such opposition from experts in every field the Conservative's decision to cut the long form census is just dumb.

And though I don't like the Conservatives, I'd rather have a smart Conservative government than a dumb one, but as I said previously, that may be just too much to ask for.

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