Canada’s Chief Statistician resigns on a matter of professional integrity


23 July 2010 -- Canada's Chief Statistician Munir Sheikh resigned on 21 July 2010 on a matter of principle regarding the 2011 Census of Population in that country. In a statement, Mr. Sheikh, who headed Statistics Canada for two years, explains that his decision “relates to the question of whether a voluntary survey can become a substitute for a mandatory census.” “It can not,” he added. Addressing his country’s fellow-citizens, Mr. Sheikh wrote: “We do remember, every single day, that it is because of you providing us with your information, we can function as a statistical agency.”

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