Have trust in Statis­tics Canada

Regina Leader-Post - - OPINION -

How ut­terly hyp­o­crit­i­cal of the banks, the NDP and the Con­ser­va­tives to be com­plain­ing about hav­ing to pro­vide Statis­tics Canada with in­for­ma­tion.

There is ab­so­lutely no ques­tion the data is stripped of all and any iden­ti­fiers — so it is anony­mous — and that it is needed for the good gov­er­nance of the coun­try.

Can you imag­ine banks do­ing busi­ness with you and not col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion con­sid­ered per­sonal?

While I be­grudge nei­ther for col­lect­ing it, I have far greater trust in Statis­tics Canada.

An em­ployee of Statis­tics Canada breach­ing trust (which can be sim­ply no more than drop­ping a form on the side­walk and it be­ing found by a mem­ber of the pub­lic) can face a jail sen­tence.

A bank em­ployee faces no such penalty, if any.

And yes, you don’t have to use a bank — you can choose to keep your money un­der your pil­low. And by the way, they all use the data.

Larry De­ters, Regina


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