Mr. Stephen Taylor decided to publish thoughts on the Census controversy yesterday. Of course, he is cheering that move on, all for it. What may surprise you is that we agree on at least one point – the government’s motives behind this move. I and others have suspected that this move to kill the mandatory longform census is less to do with privacy concerns, and more to do with trying to prevent governments from having reliable data – to see certain social problems or inequalities for instance – because it will be harder to target them with programs, or revamp initial ones. Stephen doesn’t exactly say he suspects the same thing as to the Conservative government’s motives, but he believes this is what will happen as a result of this move. He of course wants that to happen. I don’t.
I also of course have stated I think there is a 2nd reason for this move – to prevent inconvenient facts/stats from interrupting Conservative rhetoric and ideology over the policies they wish to implement (see tough on crime policies), but if Stephen comes out and says that openly, I’ll be shocked.
That said, I do join my colleague Greg in congratulating him for at least being honest about his reasons for supporting this move:
If only the elected members of your party were as honest about their goals, we could have a cracking election about this. Somehow though, I doubt your party will be running on a platform of “Vote for us and we will get rid of CPP”; or “Vote for us and maternity leave will be a thing of the past”, any time soon. But now we know that’s the direction it wants to take Canada. Thanks again for the head’s up.
With most of the organizations/editorials/op-ed’s coming out against this move or shaking their head at what caused the government to stumble into a crisis of their own making – even from the normally Conservative friendly editorial board at the Post, and a couple of prominent columnists of theirs – I’m not surprised Stephen galloped to the rescue.
However, as Adam Radwanski mused, you have to wonder if this was Stephen freelancing, or if his friends/sources in the CPC have given him their real impressions/thoughts of why the government apparently is determined to go through with this boneheaded decision, and he’s articulating them.
Whatever it was, it will make for good material to go after the CPC and their supporters on.