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