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Official Languages committee  As I've explained before, if you put it on the short form, you are subjecting—notwithstanding the point that was made earlier about the reduction of burden—a response from a number of those, obviously, who are pertinent to that.... On the long form, it's the same thing. Now, ther

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Anil Arora

Official Languages committee  They know exactly what we were testing, the different versions of the questionnaire. They know that we've tested it in different ways—

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Anil Arora

Official Languages committee  One, that's not their mandate.

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Anil Arora

Official Languages committee  The answer is no.

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Anil Arora

Official Languages committee  It's not possible. Through the statistical sampling, the way it works, what we do.... I'll just explain it. We take the list of addresses in a geography, there's a random-number start, and every fourth household after that—

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Anil Arora

Official Languages committee  In over 50 years of sampling, we have never—

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Anil Arora

Official Languages committee  I've explained.

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Anil Arora

Official Languages committee  It is not a category we added, but one of the examples of the response sometimes given. The question simply asks people for their ethnic origin, and some people answered “Canadian”. In addition, we did a study on the whole issue of ethnicity. We will share the report and the re

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Anil Arora

Official Languages committee  That's not what I said. The results will be made public after the cabinet makes its decision. These issues are addressed in the recommendations.

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Anil Arora

Official Languages committee  If you go to 3.7 million households in Canada and ask them that question, and you have the statistical rigour and the expertise to be able to weight that up to a population and to benchmark it to the fact that we've asked that question for the last so many censuses, yes, you will

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Anil Arora

Official Languages committee  One, our statistical advice is something that the courts ask us, not every day, but from time to time. We go, we defend that advice and we defend our sampling methods. Regardless of what decision gets made on this, we will be there to provide our best statistical advice and stand

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Anil Arora

Official Languages committee  As I've said, we will stand behind the quality of the data that Canadians need and that you as legislators need to make important decisions. We have done that for decades and we will continue to do that, sir.

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Anil Arora

Official Languages committee  We've designed the questionnaire as it was administered, to your point, in 2019 to make sure that we keep the burden to a minimum, and I think you proved in quite eloquent terms that it works.

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Anil Arora

Official Languages committee  I said that there are a number of questions for which multiple responses are reasonable. That's something you would expect. With respect to rights-holders, when someone says their language is French based on the three criteria...

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Anil Arora

Official Languages committee  You are talking about ethnicity issues. The formula is based on the percentage of Canadians and the answers they give us. We don't choose the categories on the census, they reflect the responses from the previous census. The ethnic aspect is changing a lot as the years go by. The

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Anil Arora