I want to take this opportunity to comment on a technical statistical issue which has become the subject of media discussion. This relates to the question of whether a voluntary survey can become a substitute for a mandatory census.Who are we to believe, the chief statistician of the country or a Conservative government that wouldn't know the truth if it bit it in the ass?
It can not.
Update: Strangely enough, this gives Tumblin Tony an out, if only Harper allows it. He can say, "We understood that Stats Can had no problems with the volunteer survey, but I guess that was incorrect. We will give this a second look." However, the base is now stirred over this story and there may be no way for the Harperites to back down now without loss of face, among the faithful (read the comments to this story for their reactions.). Recommend this Post