Yeah it has been a while, but this kind of crap is enough to pull anyone out of retirement. I am actually scared now. I didn't believe it when I heard it, but I went and checked online, on several sources, and it seems to be true. Astonishingly, stupefyingly, true.
We all remember back a month or so when the Conservatives had this brilliant idea to make the long form census optional. Never mind that everyone who is anyone (who isn't the government that is) says that this is a terrifically bad idea, the conservatives will not stand idly by while Canadian's rights are being trampled on. They are on the side of the thousands of Canadians who don't want to answer intrusive questions like how much you make... no wait, that is still legit... how much you pay in child support... no wait, that is still there too... like how much you spend on drugs... no... hmmm. Anway never mind that, there are still those thousands... well 3 documented by StatsCan, and Stockwell Day said he heard DIRECTLY from 3 people as well, so that is fully 6 documented people who have a problem with the long form. So clearly 6 out of 30 million is enough to go against the facts... ah, I think I see the issue.
Fast forward to today. The government is building jails. Billions of dollars worth of jails. Why? To combat the rampant crime in Canada. Never mind that jails don't do anything to combat crime, in fact they often breed more crime. That is ideology. But the facts show crime rate is down you say. It has been falling for years. Pfft! Facts again! The Government has decided crime is *actually* on the rise, people just aren't reporting it. of course Mr. Day doesn't have facts to back that up, because, well, I guess they just don't do that kind of thing.
Kidding aside, this is quite terrifying. For a government to decimate one of the key tools for trending in Canada, and then to simply outright ignore other well documented and official statistics in favour of other, more ideologically aligned "facts", is at best dangerously misguided. I am not a fan of the slippery slope angle on things, but when a government starts ignoring facts that are inconvenient, and cripples the ability to gather more actual facts, then I think we need to question the motivation and where that is taking us.
2 months ago