Statement by the Hon. Andrew Scheer on Statistics Canada
December 2, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, ON – The Honourable Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, today issued the following statement on the news that Statistics Canada has suspended its plan to collect Canadians’ personal and financial information:
“Today, Canadians learned that the Trudeau Liberals will not proceed with their plan to have Statistics Canada seize the personal and financial information of more than one million Canadians.
“This is huge victory for every single Canadian who stood up to Justin Trudeau and made it clear that the government has no business snooping around in their bank accounts.
“We can’t forget though that the Prime Minister defended this attack on the right to personal privacy for weeks and accused Canadians who didn’t like government spying on their bank accounts of being ‘anti-data.’
“While Canadians were able to pressure Justin Trudeau into doing the right thing, his failure of leadership on this issue is part of a troubling pattern for his government. Given the opportunity to do the right thing, the Liberals always resist.
“Justin Trudeau had to walk back his attack on local business owners after claiming they were just rich tax cheats. He had to be shamed into doing the right thing and only sent Tori Stafford’s killer back behind bars after personally attacking his critics and accusing Canadians of politicizing the issue. Now, he’s reversed this decision thanks to weeks of pressure from Conservatives and Canadians from coast to coast.
“It seems Justin Trudeau only cleans up his messes when he’s humiliated into doing so.
“Canada’s Conservatives will keep holding him and his Liberal government to account and speaking out on behalf of all Canadians.”
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