TORONTO—As Finance Minister Bill Morneau outlined the 2018 budget on Feb. 27, no one was probably happier among Ottawa officialdom than Anila Arora, Canada’s chief statistician. Not only was Statistics Canada getting more money. The budget was laced with references to the importance of the agency in providing government with the evidence it needs to make better-informed policy decisions. Statistics Canada got the recognition it needed and deserved, with a strong signal that it’s expected to play a bigger role in helping set public policy.
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