Oh Stats Canada...

We damned well better "stand on guard," or the Tories will just continue down this road of screwing Canadians and destroying fine institutions like Statistics Canada. Every kind of industry, labour, academic and charitable organization had sent petitions, letters and press releases saying the same thing, backed by a truckloads of statisticians and economists, said in effect that a voluntary survey would effectively gut the census. By his resignation Munir Sheikh strongly echoed those opinions.

John Ibbitson of the Globe and Mail believes the Tories should reverse course on this - I don't believe they will. On the plus side, they have provided the opposition with an easy target and a reminder during the summer months that the Tories are first last and always ideologically driven in a way that does not reflect the majority of Canadians.

In other news, Iggy continues his bus tour and it takes him to former PM Jean Chretien's hometown of Shawinigan, Quebec. I do believe they'll make a politician out of Iggy yet - necessity is a mother!