If you can make an issue out of the Census, you can make an issue out of anything. But in the Season of Dumb all things are possible:
The Tories’ indulgence in this melodrama shows we have more cause to worry about the ninny state than the nanny state.
Indeed. And what’s next on the Ninny State agenda?
Phone Books: Convenience? Or naming names? (Ma Bell: Agent of the State?)
Food Inspection: Health? Or an infringement on your right to host the parasites of your choice?
I doubt it’s a coincidence that the Harper government went full-metal Freedom Fighter on the Census just a few days after presiding over an event of such spectacular police-state thuggery (whoa, that’s a 7 out of 10 on the Hyperbole Scale) that it threatens to bring left and right together in outrage… whoops! That most certainly wasn’t in the playbook. I can just picture the horrified CPC strategists: “Quick! We need a Wedge Issue, and it can’t involve fetuses or boys kissing!“
I’m not wild about being listed on any useless government databases (*cough*long gun registry*cough*) but even I have to admit that Census information serves a useful purpose even if some of the questions sound a little weird:
A case in point: the long form does not ask if your home has loose tiles or defective steps. It asks if it needs repairs (useful data when government is budgeting millions for renovation tax credits) and merely gives tiles and steps as examples of minor repairs (as opposed to major items like plumbing and wiring).
There’s no shortage of genuine examples of government over-reach, like say, oh, I don’t know, G20 policing. Falling apart over this kind of dumbness is exactly what they want.