An Act to amend the Statistics Act (Chief Statistician)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.


Brian Masse  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of Oct. 21, 2010
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Statistics Act to require the Governor in Council to consult with the leader of every recognized party in the House of Commons before appointing the Chief Statistician of Canada and to make that appointment from a list of candidates submitted by a search committee appointed by the Minister designated by the Governor in Council for the purposes of that Act. It also requires the Chief Statistician of Canada to establish and publish guidelines respecting sources of statistical information and its collection, analysis, processing, storage and publication.


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Statistics ActRoutine Proceedings

October 21st, 2010 / 10:05 a.m.
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Brian Masse NDP Windsor West, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-583, An Act to amend the Statistics Act (Chief Statistician).

Mr. Speaker, it is a privilege and an honour to present this act, an act to amend the Statistics Act. This would take the politics out of interfering with the chief statistician.

As members know, there has been a great controversy in Canada with regard to the census. This bill would actually provide greater scrutiny to a process to actually have a chief statistician. This bill, in particular, would require a committee of the Privy Council, the Chief Statistician of Canada, the Bank of Canada and the National Statistics Council to come together to select a chief statistician.

Second, once the chief statistician is selected, he or she will be required to do regular postings of information related to the survey and how it is used. This would restore the science behind the census and would take the politics out of it. That is a good thing for Canadians, I believe, because they believe in their census and they want to ensure that the science is what stands for the census, not ideology or other matters.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)