Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

October 01, 2010 11:37 ET

PIPSC Supports the Restoration of the Mandatory Long-Form Census

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2010) - The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) welcomes the introduction of Carolyn Bennett's private Members' bill vowing to restore the mandatory long-form census. The proposed legislation represents a sensible and practical solution that addresses the government's concerns while preserving the integrity of evidence-based decisions made in support of the public good.

"The bill reaffirms Parliament's commitment to the invaluable work performed by our professional members employed by Statistics Canada", said Gary Corbett, President of the Institute. "It is also a principled rejection of political interference in government science, and it sends a signal to all scientists and professionals working in the federal public service that the rightful place of science is at the core of sound public policymaking".

The government has found itself increasingly isolated on this matter and it has lost the confidence of Canada's scientists. Cross-party political support for the bill would not only demonstrate good will on the government's part, it would also show that the spirit of compromise has not completely disappeared from parliamentary circles. The Professional Institute encourages all MPs to support the bill and to help ensure its speedy passage.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents some 59,000 professionals across Canada's public sector.

Contact Information

  • Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
    Johanne Fillion
    613-228-6310 extension 2303
    613-883-4900 (cell)
    www.pipsc.ca