Monday, July 12, 2010

On entrenched advantages

Alice explains how the long-form census is used in Canadian politics, rightly pointing out that it's the Harper Cons who have seemingly benefited most from the reliable data they're now seeking to eliminate.

But for all the Cons' past use of census-based demographic data, I have to wonder whether it might not be an entirely rational (if cynical) political calculation to avoid updating the mandatory long-form data in 2011. Could it be that the Cons - having done more with the 2006 data than their competitors - are entirely happy to preserve that advantage by ensuring that each party has to keep building on that foundation as best it can, rather than making available a new set of baseline demographic information that will allow the parties to start on an even footing?

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