Judge convicts Saskatchewan woman who wouldn’t fill in long-form census, www.vancouversun.com, January 13, 2011
With the 2006 census, I remember that all I did was write a comment on the form that I disagreed with the census and its questions.
Sandra Finley has been convicted for following her principles and for taking the serious Gandhi-like tactic of civil disobedience.
Besides the issue of the military industrial complex contractor the government hired, she
“invoked the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, saying it protects citizens from being forced to turn over “a biographical core of personal information” to the state.”
“doesn’t feel Canadians should be forced to reveal personal information to the federal government, such as their ethnicity, sexual preference, occupation or other information.”
Absolutely. But the government (as an institution, regardless of party) thinks it needs that information for controlling, planning and taxing Canadian society – so that it can fund its war and pay its private bank debt, etc.
There’s even a paragraph at the end where they try a back-handed smear against some of her statements to dissuade people from admiring her for bravery and for her commitment of time and money in fighting this case.
It’s like other restrictions the “holy” government FORCES on people. If people started seeing human beings suffering in the face of government coercion and penalties, they might start seeing government as an oppressive – impoverishing – limiting – bully and stop enabling and making excuses for what it does.