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The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada > News & Events > Communications Magazine > Vol. 36, No. 3, Summer 2010 > 2011 Census: Undermining the Integrity of Canada’s Public Service
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2011 Census: Undermining the Integrity of Canada’s Public Service

The political decision to replace the 2011 mandatory long-form census with a voluntary survey would be a source of concern even if it were an isolated incident. Regretfully, this is not the case. Many federal employees have found themselves at odds with this government since it was first elected. This situation underscores the ongoing political interference in the day-to-day operations of Canada’s public service.

Our members at Statistics Canada are offended that their professional qualifications are being belittled, alarmed that their professional competence is being challenged, and they are insulted by the flippant portrayal of their important work.

Actions such as these only serve to undermine the integrity of Canada’s public service. The Institute takes this matter very seriously and will continue to defend the interests of the Canadians that its members serve with such diligence, dedication and pride.