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From: "Nancy Coleman" <>
Subject: [APG] Census Release
Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 09:35:41 -0400
To make up for my latest faux pas, this may be of interest
Best regards. Nancy.
I copy here for your information a news release from the
office of MP
Gordon A. Watts
Co-Chair, Canada Census Committee
Port Coquitlam, BC
en français http://globalgenealogy.com/Census/Index_f.htm
Permission to forward without notice is granted.
April 10, 2002
For immediate release
Stubborn StatsCan bureaucrats turn democracy on head -
The democratic process has been turned on its head, and the
wags the dog, said Liberal MP Murray Calder, after an
effort to have his bill on historic census records voted on
An "intransigent" and "stubborn" Statistics Canada
blocking the will of Parliament and its 301 MPs elected to
Canadians, Calder said.
Calder made the comment after Serge Marcil, Parliamentary
Minister of Industry Allan Rock, denied unanimous consent to
C-312 to a vote at second reading debate Tuesday night.
Calder's bill would provide access to post-1901 historic
by genealogists, historians, and medical researchers after
92 years. The
92-year rule has been in place for census records prior to
1901, and these records are available through the National
Calder is accusing Statistics Canada of violating a promise
Canadians at the time of the 1911 and other censuses. Census
instructions of the time state: "The census is intended to
permanent record, and its schedules will be stored in the
the Dominion." The Archives has requested the historic
but StatsCan has refused to turn them over.
Calder said his office has received petitions signed by more
Canadians over the past year calling for release of historic
Added to the number received during the last Parliament, he
from more than 20,000 Canadians on this issue.
In September 2000, Parliament passed a motion calling for
the release of
1911 census records. Calder noted that since then nothing
has been done
to release them and that Statistics Canada bureaucrats have
"Has the will of the people been done?" he asked the House.
An August 2000 confidential legal opinion by a senior lawyer
Department of Justice concluded that pre-1918 census records
released under present legislation. The same opinion
recommends a minor
legislative change to provide clarity in the case of
An expert panel of highly respected academics and jurists
former Industry Minister John Manley in a 2000 report also
the release of the records. The panel rejected Statistics
assertion that there ever was a commitment records would be
In response to concerns about personal privacy, Calder's
allow Canadians with privacy concerns to object to release
records within the 92-year period.
An estimated 7.5 million Canadians are engaged in genealogy
as a hobby.
Census records are the only records that record data on
rather than individuals, and therefore they are useful to
as well as medical researchers gathering information on
Further background information on the historic census issue
on Calder's website at:
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