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Ex-StatsCan chiefs make last-ditch appeal to fix ‘egregious flaw’ in stats agency governance bill

By Charelle Evelyn      

Statistics Act changes would give the chief statistician more power, which means there should be more scrutiny in the appointment process, say former Statistics Canada heads.

Former chief statisticians Ivan Fellegi, left, shaking hands with Independent Senator Tony Dean, and Wayne Smith, right, were witnesses before the Senate Social Affairs, Science, and Technology Committee on Nov. 30, where they called for Senators to make amendments to Bill C-36. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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A pair of former chief statisticians made a last-ditch plea to Senators last week to fix what one said was an "egregious flaw" that "fundamentally undermines" a government bill's aim to give Statistics Canada more independence. In an appearance in front of the Senate’s Social Affairs, Science, and Technology Committee Nov. 30, Wayne Smith and Ivan Fellegi restated the case they made in front of the House of Commons committee that studied Bill C-36: that the changes to

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