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Long Form Census

The recent decision of the Conservative Government—to cancel the mandatory long‐form census (2b) and to replace it with the voluntary National Household Survey—effectively undermines its commitment to research excellence as evidenced by the establishment of almost 2000 Canada Research Chairs, many of them in the humanities and social sciences. This decision, involving an Order in Council rather than widespread consultation with the stakeholders who depend upon quality census data, eliminates our most comprehensive and accurate source of longitudinal data. The social and economic consequences for Canada and our “common good” are profound.