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View Darrell Samson Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I thank the witnesses for being here.
We have all received the questionnaire and we have all the questions in front of us. Let's go to page 7, where we see that five questions have been added.
Mr. Arora, I just want to thank you for a couple of things. You said that you would keep this at your heart and that you're going to meet the needs of the community. Let's keep that in mind as we go.
Let's do the questionnaire. It's simple. Let's go to number 12 on page 7. You all have that in English in front of you. I believe, Mr. Arora, that you have it as well.
Let's start with Mr. Godin. Mr. Godin, answer question 12. Is your house in Quebec, yes or no?
View Darrell Samson Profile
Lib. (NS)
Yes. Gone. You're going on to question 16. Don't even do the question I asked you.
The next question is question 13: Did you go to a French school or immersion?
Mr. Chong, did you go to a French school or immersion, yes or no?
Mr. Michael Chong: No.
Mr. Darrell Samson: No. Gone.
There goes 70%, 80%, 95% of Canadians who don't have to answer all of those questions. There are two arguments. There's the argument that we bring forward that the test is too long and they won't take it seriously—not true. On top of that, when you do it online you're not even going to see it. In five years, 99% of the people will be doing it online. You won't even see questions 14, 15, 16. They're gone.
The argument that the test is too long is not at all acceptable.
Second of all, when we see the [Inaudible-Editor] is 25%, I can tell you that when you're focusing on one zone, looking at the number of kids, as my colleague said, the best way to do it is to do each and every one of them. I know it. I lived it for 13 years as a superintendent of the French schools in Nova Scotia. I was the president across Canada of the French school superintendents.... I can tell you that we're crying every day. This is the most important thing that we can deliver as a government to make sure that we're reaching all Canadians to get the answers we need. Is it too long? We can get rid of that. Those questions are gone.
Let me go to the next one. Let's go to page 9 of that questionnaire. As upset as I was there, I'm now stupefied. Now I'm gone. It says, “Reasons why we asked the question”. We're saying reasons why. Just follow the yellow.... For questions two and seven that you've been asking for years and years, you're saying the reason that you're doing this, asking those questions, because we want to make sure that the municipalities that are planning a variety of services such as schools.... Who knew? The majority of English people in Canada have always been able to receive the information of how many people will go to school and how many schools have to be built. Can you believe it? It's hard to believe that in this great country the French people and the English people in Quebec cannot have that. We have the question. It says, “from 12 to 17”. This is for the charter of rights and education. We're not even meeting the rights and now we're not meeting the education information. The only place it can be is in the short one.
I also want to bring you to question 10. That question 10 that's been there for years is a great question, but it's only ever asked in one category out of three. It was never asked in the other two categories, and guess what? There are more and more every day of category two and three than there is of one. It's the parents who took the education. It's the kids taking education. We're too far from getting the information we require. You could say we can put it in the long one or the short one, 25%. I already put that one aside. You shouldn't do that, based on that. But even if you did, on the long survey, do you know what happened? Did the long survey ever become optional in this country?
The Chair: One minute.
Mr. Darrell Samson: A quick yes or no.
Yes, it did. Did it not? It's a simple question. Was the long survey ever optional?
View Darrell Samson Profile
Lib. (NS)
Was that under the Harper government, yes or no?
View Darrell Samson Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you.
If another government came in tomorrow morning, you'd put it in the long one, and they made it optional.
What was the result when you made it optional? Was there an increase or a decrease in people filling out that survey?
View Darrell Samson Profile
Lib. (NS)
Increase or decrease. You know your statistics. You know the facts.
View Darrell Samson Profile
Lib. (NS)
This is what my community is asking me. Did you ever do a survey to see the prejudice that not having those questions on the survey has resulted in for the Acadians and francophones and English people in Quebec? Have you ever done a survey on that? Have you ever done a survey on the provinces that do want to help French outside of Quebec, and the English? They know exactly and they cannot fulfill that because you're not giving them the information.
I'm coming back to what you said earlier, that your heart is in this and that you want to meet the needs.
When you consulted that committee, did they tell you they wanted that in the short survey? Yes or no?
View Chris d'Entremont Profile
CPC (NS)
This is my first experience as a committee member. I thought the Standing Committee on Official Languages would be interesting, but probably a bit dull. But it's not dull at all! It's exciting to see Mr. Samson and Mr. Arseneault speak up.
I'd like to know where we are in the process. You say that in theory the tests have been done and we're waiting for cabinet to make a decision. What's the timeline at the moment?
View Chris d'Entremont Profile
CPC (NS)
In fact, I think you've already finished analyzing the data you've collected. I think your data is ready, I think you already have an idea of the results, and I think you're almost ready to communicate your recommendations to cabinet. Today, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry said he was ready to send them to cabinet.
So you can answer us: will these questions be in the 2021 census?
View Chris d'Entremont Profile
CPC (NS)
Since there are two census questionnaires, a long one that goes to 25% of the population and a short one for everything else. So it is the government that will tell us whether the questions will be in the short questionnaire.
View Chris d'Entremont Profile
CPC (NS)
Will the questions be included in the short questionnaire?
View Chris d'Entremont Profile
CPC (NS)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair. I will share my speaking time with Mr. Godin.
I want to take as an example a small community of 3,000 people. Let's say there are 100 people in there who are ayants droit. What are the possibilities of StatCan missing those 100 people in the methodology it has today? Will you capture those small numbers that we're really trying to tease out of it so that we can build a school or a community centre, or do those kinds of things?
View Chris d'Entremont Profile
CPC (NS)
I'm just trying to see how you hit those very small pockets in a lot of cases when you have this very broad census program. You're not hitting everybody; you're only hitting a certain—
View Chris d'Entremont Profile
CPC (NS)
In some cases you're going to get zero. That's what's really going to happen.
View Chris d'Entremont Profile
CPC (NS)
I know I've run out of time, so your time's up.
View Darrell Samson Profile
Lib. (NS)
I need a quick, short answer.
Listen, we know statistically that it's very important and you do a good job. That's not what this is about. All we want to know is this. I went through the survey a few minutes ago. Is it true that most people will only have to answer one of the five questions—the added questions—because it's not for them?
Is it going to take a lot longer to answer the short survey with five questions because only five per cent are going to answer all of them because they don't apply? Is it true that they only apply to a small group of entitled parents?
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