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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mr. Fournier and Mr. Grondin, good afternoon. It's an honour to meet you, even though it's by teleconference. My name is Alupa Clarke, and I am the member of Parliament for Beauport—Limoilou, in Quebec.
You spoke about an editorial committee that could select key rulings. I see some danger in that, and I'll explain why.
I think all rulings should be translated systematically. As you well know, judicial activism is a real phenomenon. In criminal law, rulings are more objective, based on facts and hard evidence. Constitutional rulings, however, are something else. Chief Justice, you mentioned a section of the Constitution Act 1867. I love that; I really like to cling to 1867. That said, the editorial committee could engage in judicial activism by choosing rulings favourable to a certain interpretation of the Constitution for the province of Quebec. You see where I'm going.
In this case, how can we trust that this editorial committee won't engage in judicial activism, which we wouldn't want to see happen?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Good afternoon, gentlemen.
To start off, would you tell me in what year Statistics Canada was founded?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
That is precisely what confuses me somewhat. I imagine there are linguistics and methodology experts in any one of your divisions.
Do you not systematically trigger certain mechanisms before publishing a report?
This one may have concerned much more than linguistics. I do not know; I have not seen the report. Nevertheless, I think it would be necessary and natural for the figures in every report to be checked quickly by a certified expert in each of the divisions concerned. You may say that would really be an exhaustive task. However, a linguistics expert would undoubtedly have seen immediately that the Quebec language data for 2016 were incorrect. He or she could have called you and told you there was a problem.
Do you not systematically use this kind of process?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Does that mean that the report that contained incorrect data on the anglophone population was reviewed by a linguist?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
It could, at the very least, be an expert in social science, political science, or anthropology, for example.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Did you establish a certain discipline? I am asking you the question in good faith. Since your institution has 5,000 employees, I imagine some form of discipline is applied in accordance with a pyramid model.
We now live in a society in which the people in positions of responsibility are virtually never held to account. This creates problems in our culture and does not set a good example for young people. We are truly living in a society of non-accountability.
Will you try to determine whether a division, or indeed a particular employee, failed to do the proper review work?
You are not the person concerned, Mr. Hamel. Since you are the director general, we can assume you are not the one who conducted the review. However, I imagine you or the chief statistician potentially have the authority to dismiss people.
Do you intend to apply some sort of discipline in a specific manner? As regards the error that was discovered, if it turns out that experts did not do their job, will they be reprimanded?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Perhaps it would be a good idea to send your 5,000 employees a letter asking them in a diplomatic and positive way to be more vigilant because this must not happen again.
We are judging no one, and we are targeting no one. However, I am a former member of the armed forces, and they do not fool around there. Discipline is very quickly established, and, when you wage war, it works. When it does not work, it is because the government has not provided sufficient resources.
I imagine the census has always been conducted using computer systems. You mentioned the Dominion Bureau of Statistics, which existed before Statistics Canada. For issues as important as language issues, which may directly improve or undermine the welfare of any anglophone or francophone community in Canada, would it not be better to do the work by hand?
I know what I just said is extreme. However, I am a Conservative and I hate machines.
Voices: Oh, oh!
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Incidentally, this is the first cell phone I have ever owned in my entire life.
When it comes to matters as important as this, should the work not be done by hand? Is it mandatory to use a computer system?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
The Office québécois de la langue française has a language police section, does it not?
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