Wednesday, August 11, 2010

If Harper disappears for a spell...

We'll know Ἔρεβος or whatever incubus of the abyss he serves has recalled him to explain this small show of weakness:

"Pursuant to new advice from the new chief statistician, as well as our own government's desire to do the right thing, we are migrating two questions over to the short-term census," Clement said Wednesday in an interview with the CBC's Evan Solomon.

The 2011 census will now include the following questions, with the second one as a two-parter:

  • Can this person speak English or French well enough to conduct a conversation?
  • What language does this person speak most often at home? Does this person speak any other languages on a regular basis at home?

A francophone group had asked a Federal Court to seek an injunction against the Conservative government's move to scrap the mandatory long-form census, arguing it contravened the Official Languages Act.

Expect unholy lights and Tophetic wails from behind the Centre Block.

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