The decision by the Conservatives to scrap the long census form for a shorter voluntary survey is drawing criticism from all sides of the political spectrum (at least from those who care about the census). I don't think the sky is falling, but I support making a random proportion of the population fill out a longer form with extra questions. Though I am a stats junkie, and I want as many statistics as possible to plug into my equations. I would rather ask too much than not enough. So the damned thing takes you 45 minutes instead of 30 minutes and you miss part of American Idol; just answer the damned questions.
That data will become our history, and mathematicians like me will be analyzing it forevermore. Maybe we don't have a good reason to ask some of the more obscure questions now, but maybe 20 years from now there will be a reason to look back into the time capsule? So you miss part of survivor, we waste our time on far less important matters. The Liberals are trying to run with this issue and claiming that this is part of a dark scheme to deny poor people government services. If that's what you want to go with, fine. I understand that you did not get the desired traction from loonie toons trashing Toronto.