November 5, 2015 / 4:23 PM / in 3 years

Canada's new government reinstates mandatory long census

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.

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

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

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