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article imageCanadian Lib MP Rae accuses Tony Clement of 'not telling truth'

By Andrew Moran     Aug 11, 2010 in Politics
Ottawa - Liberal Member of Parliament, Bob Rae, has accused Industry Ministry, Tony Clement, of "not telling the truth" when it comes to the controversial situation between Statistics Canada, the Conservative government and the census.
For the last couple of months, there has been growing debate, public controversy and numerous news reports over the mandatory long-form census and the federal Conservative government’s efforts to scrap the census and make it shorter and voluntary.
During a news conference in Ottawa, Liberal MP, Bob Rae, spoke out against Industry Minister Tony Clement for his claims that Statistics Canada recommended ending the long-form census because e-mails between Clement and StatsCan show the opposite, according to CBC News.
Tony Clement
Tony Clement
Instead, Clement, says Rae, is attempting to “pass the blame.” “He wasn't telling the truth. Mr. Clement knew that in fact the method was not statistically valid. We know perfectly well that now that StatsCan said exactly the opposite.”
Government documents that were released on Tuesday show that Statistics Canada advised that a voluntary survey would not provide the same useful information as the mandatory one does.
The Toronto Star reports that Rae is advising that the government’s solution is to continue the mandatory census but drop the imprisonment threat for failing to conduct the census.
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