Bring the long-form census back in time for 2016!

There is only a short window to reinstate the long-form census in time for the 2016 census.

Take action now by calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to bring back the long-form census immediately so it is ready for the 2016 census.

It’s easy – simply sign the form below, or draft your own letter.

To: Justin Trudeau (justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca)

CC: Other party leaders (thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca, elizabeth.may@parl.gc.ca)

Check out our Executive Director, Dr. Katie Gibbs' letter to the new Prime Minister of Canada that was recently featured on CBC's The Current. 

You can listen to Katie and the entire segment on letters with calls for action from Justin Trudeau here: http://bit.ly/1LBxBp8

Dr. Steve Campana is a renowned fisheries biologist, who previously headed up both the Otolith Research Laboratory and the Canadian Shark Research Laboratory for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He left the public service after government cutbacks and policy changes made his working environment increasingly difficult. He now holds an academic appointment at the University of Iceland, which is where we spoke to him.

In advance of Monday's election, E4D volunteers have put together some infographics looking at the education breakdown for MPs and cabinet ministers in our last Parliament. Keep this information in mind when you head to the polls on Monday!

For the first time in Canadian history, science and smart decision-making have become an election issue. This is a huge accomplishment, but there is still much work to be done. Check out what you can do today to make sure we elect a science-friendly government on October 19th!

Public concern surrounding the state of science and evidence-based decision-making in Canada has risen dramatically in recent years. In response to these concerns and in anticipation of the upcoming election, Evidence for Democracy distributed a science policy questionnaire to all major party leaders to gain insight into how they plan to address these issues if elected.

Take action to show that Canadians care about science and smart decision-making.

Across the country, Canadians are working to make sure that public-interest science and smart decision-making get the attention they deserve during this federal election campaign. 

At Evidence for Democracy, we take a broad view of science, one that includes a variety of means of establishing and testing knowledge. We promote the use of evidence in government decision-making with the conviction that this will lead to decisions that serve the public interest. And we understand that good decisions rely on input from both the natural and social sciences.

A question about science policy has never been asked at a federal leaders’ debate. Now more than ever that has to change.

This opinion piece by Evidence for Democracy's Dr. Katie Gibbs and Alana Westwood was originally posted in the Toronto Star.