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Guest Post: Are Too Many Youth Going to University?

This blog is a guest post by Al T.O. Trent. Does Canada’s economy have the right number of people going into the skilled trades, colleges and polytechnics, or universities? Are students and their families getting the information they need about labour … Continue reading

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My speech on Bill C-626

Earlier this month, I had the chance to speak to my private member’s bill to reinstate the mandatory long-form census, Bill C-626, during the first hour of debate in the House of Commons.   Et voici mon discours en français: … Continue reading

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Canadian Public Health Association supports Bill C-626

The Canadian Public Health Association recognizes that the reduced response rate of the National Household Survey, compared to the mandatory long-form census, “calls into question the validity of the data.” The organization knows that this will “affect public health decision-making … Continue reading

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Canadian Medical Association endorses Bill C-626

I am pleased to have received the support of the Canadian Medical Association, an organization that knows that “the elimination of the mandatory long-form census has serious implications for health research in Canada.”             Hsu … Continue reading

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Local Art on Display

If you’ve ever been to my downtown Kingston office, you probably noticed some beautiful works of art like the ones pictured below. I am pleased to continue the tradition of exhibiting community art in my constituency office! Exhibitions are rotating … Continue reading

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Toronto Region Board of Trade endorses C-626

I am pleased to receive the support of the Toronto Region Board of Trade for Bill C-626, which reinstates the mandatory long-form census. The Board of Trade clearly explains why census data is critically important to enhancing economic prosperity and … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Reinstate the long-form census

Last week, I sent the following open letter to the Prime Minister, asking him to support my private member’s bill, Bill C-626, which reinstates the mandatory long-form census: Open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Reinstate the Long-Form Census … Continue reading

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Eliminating the census hurts research

Since tabling my private member’s Bill C-626 to bring back the long-form census, I’ve heard lots of anecdotes about how census data has been used, and how the elimination of the long-form census hurts important research. If you have a … Continue reading

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A Teachable Moment: How a Private Member’s Bill Becomes a Law

I am posting this blog to point out what I hope is a “teachable moment” for students across Kingston and the Islands interested in following along as their MP moves his bill forward in the hope that it will become a law. … Continue reading

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Why does Bill C-626 change how the Chief Statistician is selected?

Bill C-626 gives new responsibilities to the Chief Statistician so that the work of Statistics Canada is not unduly subject to the political imperatives of the day. In describing the duties of the Chief Statistician, Bill C-626 removes the phrase “under the direction of … Continue reading

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