An Act to amend the Statistics Act (Chief Statistician and long-form census)

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.


Ted Hsu  Liberal

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


Introduced, as of Dec. 9, 2013
(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 provide for a specific process relating to the appointment of the Chief Statistician of Canada. It also prescribes additional duties for the Chief Statistician and increases the independence of the Chief Statistician in carrying out his or her duties.

Further, it provides for a long-form questionnaire to be used for taking the census of population under that Act.


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Statistics ActRoutine Proceedings

December 9th, 2013 / 3:05 p.m.
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Ted Hsu Liberal Kingston and the Islands, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-562, An Act to amend the Statistics Act (Chief Statistician and long-form census).

Mr. Speaker, as legislators and citizens, we need to have the best data so that we can understand and respond to the challenges facing all Canadians.

Today, I am pleased to present an act to amend the Statistics Act, which would amend the appointment process for the chief statistician and extend the authority of that position, shielding it from political interference. My bill would increase the independence of the chief statistician, recognizing that the position requires significant expertise in data collection and statistical analysis that politicians should avoid interfering with.

The bill would also reinstate the mandatory long form census called for publicly by former chief statisticians, including Ivan Fellegi and Munir Sheikh. I am proud to present the bill and I hope that all parties will support the bill to protect the integrity of Statistics Canada.

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