Tonight, I received this email:
RE: Census. You didn’t – I DID get charged by StatsCan and am on trial.
Finished presentation of evidence on March 16th. It was very clear that the Crown cannot win the case. And is in serious breach of Charter Rights, using the coercion of jail and a fine to force people to hand over a ‘biographical core of personal information.’ It is possible that the Govt’s move to make the long form voluntary was to try and get them off the hook. The Judge is scheduled to hear the arguments in my trial on Sept 9th.
I refused to cooperate with the census because of the out-sourcing of census work to Lockheed Martin Corp (American military).
Appended is part of an email I circulated recently. You may be interested.
Sandra Finley, Saskatoon
What say you, now, long-form census enthusiasts? In my case, I objected to the highly-personal stuff I was being told to hand over (eg. the racial composition of my family, income, mortgage payments, etc.) - and, additionally, being told to hand over such personal stuff to governments, who I know from personal experience are really sloppy with pretty much all of the information that comes into their possession. But at least I wasn’t prosecuted (although there are no shortage of [anonymous] federal Liberals now calling for me to be kicked out of the party for my insolence).
Sandra Finley wasn’t so lucky. How about a left-leaning woman being hauled into a court by the Harper government because she objects to government’s commercial interest in gathering data it uses the law to compel millions of people to provide? How about that?
It’s Summertime, so I reckon about 70 per cent of the sound and fury surrounding the long form census controversy is seasonal. You know, it’s silly season, etc. So I am trying not to get too worked up about the whole thing.
But Sandra Finley’s case – and the dozens of other cases like it – certainly tests my resolve.
Comments are open. Oh, and fill your boots, angry Grits: explain to me, please, why the Harper government is right to prosecute a 60-year-old peace activist, would you?