IN THE HOUSE ~ on the census

40th Parliament, 3rd Session
Speaker : Mr. Julian
Context : Questions and Comments

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Madam Speaker, I appreciate the speech of the member for Markham—Unionville. Certainly he cited a whole number of groups across the country. He may be aware that the city of Burnaby and the city of New Westminster in my riding have both taken a stand against this gutting of the long form census. That is what it is. That is what the government is attempting to do.

What is interesting in all of this is that the Fraser Institute, as the member points out, the National Citizens Coalition, even the President of the Treasury Board have been citing that the long form census is too invasive so they are going to take example from countries like Finland where the government takes over the personal and confidential data file of citizens and then uses that information to create the census. As we have heard cited here, this is really big brother gone rampant. It is administrative data, a personal file, that is taken by the government.

Does the member think this is the eventual end game of the government? The President of the Treasury Board has said they want to be like Finland. They want the government to take over the personal data file. Should conservative voters be concerned about where the Conservatives are heading on this?