Harper has come out today saying that "I know some people think the appropriate way to deal with [the mandatory long-form census] is through prosecuting those individuals with fines and jail terms," he said. "This government will not do that."
Essentially, he's saying that its not appropriate to jail someone for not filling out the mandatory long-form census, despite the fact that no one has ever been jailed for refusing to fill out the long-form census, and almost every group and individual with valid concerns on the issue opposes it.
Fine, Mr. Harper, but let me ask you this: why must you scrap the entire program, instead of the jail term? Why not, as several people have asked, work with Statistics Canada to create a non-criminal punishment to enforce the mandatory census? Like a fine?
Or, why not scrap the farmer's census, which includes the threat of jail? Why have the double standard?
Oh, Mr. Harper, why do you play these games?