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From: "Gordon A. WATTS" <>
Subject: [CENSUS-CHAT] Canada's Federal Election Called
Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2000 11:40:25 -0700
As expected, this morning's news announced that Prime Minister Jean
Chretien has taken steps to dissolve the current Government and
called a Federal Election for 27 November 2000.
This means that all pending Bills, including those dealing with
public access to Post 1901 Census Records, i.e. C-312, C-484, and
S-15 no longer exist. Essentially, from the point of view of those
that have been working diligently to obtain this access, when the
new Government is formed it will be a new ball game. It is hoped
that this will not mean that we must start entirely from scratch
again, but there will be new players that need to be convinced. We
need not wait until after the election to start that process.
It is not my intention to tell anyone who they should vote for -
that is between the individual and their conscience. I would
however, advise all who are concerned to become involved, even if
only in a small way. Candidates for election, or re-election will
be holding meetings in their ridings, and there may be all-candidate
meetings as well.
Check the MP's Scoreboard at http://www.globalgenealogy.com/census
to see how the incumbents have responded to, or failed to respond
to, questions seeking their position on access to Historic Census.
Attend the candidate's meetings and publicly ask them their position
on allowing public access to Historic Census Records, i.e. 92 years
after collection as per regulations attached to the Privacy Act. If
unable to attend the meetings visit their office to ask them
I think it unlikely that anyone will vote for or against any
candidate because of the answer given on this one question, but it
may play a part in your decision. Feel free to post your
candidate's response to this question on the Canada Census Campaign
mail list at . We look
forward to seeing them. Happy Hunting.
Gordon A. WATTS
Canada Census Committee
Port Coquitlam, BC
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