MASSE KEEPS HEAT ON CENSUS ISSUE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 24, 2010

OTTAWA – In an effort to keep the pressure on the Conservative government over the long-form census, New Democrat Industry Critic Brain Masse today moved a motion to force a debate on the Industry Committee’s census report.

“The New Democrats are committed to keeping this issue front and centre in the House of Commons,” said Masse. “We will keep holding the government’s feet to the fire until they finally explain to Canadians why they have such reckless disregard for sound public policy.”

The federal government has been heavily criticized by school boards, local governments, hospitals, transit authorities and many individual Canadians for its contentious decision to abolish the census without any input from Canadians.

“By choosing to scrap the long-form, the federal government has, in effect, chosen to turn its back on cities, school boards, hospitals and the business community, all of whom need good data to provide services to Canadians,” said Masse. “At the end of the day, Canadians will be paying more for less accurate information. That just doesn’t make sense.”

“What the Conservatives are up to is now plain as day. It’s easy to cut social spending when you stop counting poor people, immigrants and rural communities,” declared Masse. “The Stephen Harper Conservatives continue to put ideology ahead of providing Canadians with the services they need.”