Canada's new government reinstates mandatory long census

Thu Nov 5, 2015 11:23am EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The new government of Liberal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reinstated on Thursday a mandatory long census that the outgoing Conservatives had scrapped, in an issue that had become part of an ideological tug of war.

The Conservatives had made the long-form census voluntary on the grounds that it was too intrusive, raising complaints from opposition parties and various associations that it would degrade the data quality and make fact-based decisions harder.

Navdeep Bains, the Liberal minister for innovation, science and economic development, told reporters on Thursday the long-form census would again be mandatory. The next census is 2016.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Chris Reese)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the crowds outside Rideau Hall after the Cabinet's swearing-in ceremony in Ottawa November 4, 2015. REUTERS/Blair Gable