Cuts to Statistics Canada a costly error, say experts

Policy-making without evidence is a guessing game.

Cuts to stat: Canada’s Chief Statistician Wayne Smith, pictured in Ottawa in this file photo. The agency moved three of four key longitudinal surveys that were initiated in the 1990s to the ‘inactive list’: the National Population Health Survey; the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, and the Workplace and Employment Survey. These information-rich surveys involve repeated observations of the same people over long periods of time and began tracking Canadians in the early 1990s. We are no longer measuring outcomes for these individuals, say Vass Bednar and Mark Stabile. Photograph by Jake Wright, The Hill Times

By Mark Stabile

PUBLISHED : Friday, July 20, 2012 1:02 PM

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