It’s back! Just as the never-ending feud over the gun registry is cooling down – temporarily, at least – another hotly contested issue – the Tories’ elimination of the long-form census, is back on the political agenda this week.
Today in Ottawa, the Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities of Canada is expected to ask the Federal Court to stop the Harper government from distributing the new voluntary national household survey, which apparently has already been printed. This story from the CBC:Census change challenge heads to Federal Court
"Our fear is that government will no longer have the information it needs to design and elaborate programs and services," said Marie-France Kenny, the federation's president.
On Tuesday, the Liberals are expected to use their time in Question Period to attack the Conservatives on their heavy-handed and deceitful handling of the census issue – followed by a Wednesday call for Parliament to vote to get rid of imprisonment as punishment for failing to fill out a census form – a vote that could see the Tories go down to their second defeat on a controversial matter within the span of a week.
Susan Delacourt of The Toronto Star provides the details: Census takes centre stage on heels of gun registry debate
It’s yet another issue that pits the three opposition parties against the minority government and an issue that, like last week’s vote on the gun registry, has sharply polarized the political players in Canada...
The Liberals’ goal is to show Harper not only leads a minority government but speaks only for a small, hard-right constituency in Canada. As one senior official for Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff put it: “It shows Canadians a side of the Conservatives they’ve carefully tried to keep under wraps.”
However, it’s also true any initiative that puts Liberals, New Democrats and the Bloc Québécois on one side against the government — as the three parties are expected to be on this week’s motion — will further fuel the minority Conservatives’ assertion that they’re up against a “coalition” trying to destabilize the government...