Sunday, November 4, 2018


  Canada’s chief statistician says he is open to delaying the January launch of a plan to obtain the banking records of 500,000 Canadians in light of concerns from the public, but Anil Arora insists the move is ultimately required to ensure Canada is governed by facts rather than anecdotes and “fake news."
  In an interview with The Globe and Mail Friday, Mr. Arora said January is a tentative target for launching the controversial pilot project, but added that the agency is willing to be flexible on the timing.
  “This is not the kind of reaction that we were hoping for in the middle of the planning of a project. We were obviously caught off guard by the kind of reaction that we’ve had from various stakeholders and the public and so there are lessons learned there for us,” he said. The federal Privacy Commissioner has begun an investigation into the Statscan project.

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