I think it’s much more likely, personally, that the Government sought to end the long-form census, because Statistics Canada (and researchers, statistics, science, and numbers) are enemies of the Conservative Party of Canada. We can’t have that pesky public service making recommendations or supporting policy development in a way that incorporates facts and research, now can we?
The Treasury Board (the personnel and operations decision-making committee of the Government) ordered a survey of data users, and has now learned that despite the release of 200,000 data sets through the data.gc.ca website, the absence of long-form census data has been a persistent and consistent complaint. The Auditor General of Canada has also found that the National Household Survey has yielded far less information than the previous long-form census.
The less-comprehensive National Household Survey cost $22 million more to administer.
The Conservatives really screwed this one up.
“There shall be no statistics! No research!”
Source: Long-form census internal survey blasts feds for missing database (CBC)