Funny how this works. So the long form census is scrapped because it's intrusive. This included questions on language skills and the language most often spoken at home. Suddenly though, word comes down from on high that no, those questions in particular are not intrusive and shall be added to the totally not intrusive short form census.
Now if CPC supporters were at all honest in their position on this issue, they would be quite outraged at this Big Brother-esque move by the government. HOWEVER, it really is a victory for liberty and freedom because the government will put forward legislation to decriminalize the regular census. So really, asking those questions about language is not a big deal anymore because the non-threat of jail is gone. The other questions on the long form though? Still totally intrusive, jail or no jail.
The knots these folks are tying themselves in would make even the most badge-winningest boyscout run for the hills. I notice that in the general discussion of the issue on the web, most intelligent Conservatives have climbed off the ledge and are now settling for "Maybe it's not the bestest policy move ever, but it's not that serious. Can we talk about something else?" So the only people left on the government side of this issue are the raving lunatics, week old talking points firmly in hand.
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