Website Launched Opposing May 2006 Canada Census
Can you believe it? A significant part of the upcoming May 2006 Canada Census has been outsourced by Statistics Canada. That is bad. And because of the Free Trade Agreement, the contract was awarded to a US subsidiary. That is worse. And the particular subsidiary awarded the May 2006 Canada Census is in fact a subsidiary of the colossal US armaments manufacturer Lockheed Martin. That is simply outrageous!
This raises several disturbing issues, including loss of Canadian sovereignty, and personal privacy. The assurances issued by Statistics Canada are far from convincing. Many unanswered questions remain. The only way to have full confidence in the privacy of the census is not to contract out any part of it, not even the census software component. And even without the privacy factor, the contracting out to a subsidiary of US weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin is, in itself, totally unacceptable.
In response to the outsourcing of the Census, a new website, CountMeOut.ca has been launched. The website is filled with practical suggestions for "minimum cooperation" with the Census. Suggestions include not filing census information online as StatsCan urges, to opting for individual census forms for each member of a household, to placing stickers over the barcodes of census forms.
The May 16 2006 Canada Census presents all Canadians with an easy, yet extremely effective way to protest the sellout of Canadian sovereignty through Free Trade; and the erosion of personal privacy and civil liberties. Let's use that opportunity.
Visit www.CountMeOut.ca for further information. And spread the word