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Census Boycott Action Timeline

  • October 2003: The Globe and Mail reports that Lockheed Martin has received a contract to work on the 2004 Canadian census test and the 2006 Canadian census after NDP MP Bill Blaikie raises the question in the House
  • launches an email campaign opposing the contract; about 3000 emails are sent to the Industry Minister and Chief Statistician, and others, which threaten a boycott should the contract not be cancelled.
  • The action is covered by, among others, the Edmonton Journal and the Globe and Mail.
  • April 19, 2004: Stat Can contacts Susan Thompson to tell her that Lockheed Martin has been limited in its involvement with the census and will only work on software and hardware. Stat Can voices concern about a potential Vive boycott.
  • April 25: Vive le launches "Count Me Out", a boycott of the census testing from April 27-May 11 at The action includes instructions on how to safely and legally boycott the census test, downloadable posters, and an email action supporting a motion submitted by NDP MP Dick Proctor to the House asking the federal government to "reconsider" the census contract.
  • Unknown numbers of people spoil or refuse census questionnaires. The action is covered by various media.
  • May 3, 2005: Vive le posts an email/letter response from Ivan Fellegi, Chief Statistician of Canada, outlining changes to the census contract to limit Lockheed Martin's involvement. See: Response from Chief Statistician re: Census Boycott
  • May 5, 2004: After speaking with Susan Thompson, a CBC radio reporter confirms that Lockheed Martin employees are involved with processing census test information, and tells NDP MP Bill Blaikie, who contacts Chief Statistician Ivan Fellegi. Fellegi fires Lockheed employees.
  • May 7, 2004: NDP MP Bill Blaikie sends an email giving people the impression Lockheed Martin is no longer involved in the census in any way.
  • May 8, 2004: Heather Mallick writes about Lockheed Martin's involvement in the census in her weekly Globe and Mail column, and mentions twice ("Stand up and be counted--or else?").
  • May 9, 2004: The Ottawa Citizen runs an article erroneously saying that the census contract has been cancelled. Read this article, "StatsCan kills census deal over privacy concerns", by Joe Paraskevas, at Ottawa Kills Census Deal"
  • May 11, 2004: Census test day. Vive le concludes its census boycott at midnight.
  • May 11, 2004: Vive posts an email from a Stat Can employee who says fired Lockheed employees were hired back.
  • May 14, 2004: Stat Can communications manager sends an email correction to Vive stating: "Last week, the employees of the private sector contractors working on data processing were escorted out of the building and their employment was terminated. While, in fairness, we did accept applications from former employees of these contractors, not all were hired." Read the email at: Only SOME employees hired back on census
  • May 20, 2004: The Globe and Mail runs a letter to the editor from Dan Spoor, CEO of Lockheed Martin, who criticizes Heather Mallick's coverage of the census while at the same time confirming that Lockheed Martin remains involved ("Defending Lockheed Martin").
  • October, 2004 It is officially announced that the federal government has finalized a $43.3-million deal that will see the 2006 census conducted with the help of the Canadian subsidiary of U.S. weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin. See: Lockheed Martin Census Deal Finalized!
  • 2006:Statistics Canada posts information on the 2006 census and priavte contractors at: The 2006 Census and Contractors
  • march 2006: Don Rogers launches
  • April 2006: Statistics Canada releases the final report o fa task force on census security, in response to concerns over the use of private contractors. View the results at:
  • April 2006: Responding to concern expressed by many Canadians about Lockheed Martin's continued involvement in the census, Vive launches
  • April 30, 2006: Vive posts an email form letter opposing Lockheed Martin's involvment in the census which can be edited and sent to federal politicans at: Almost 100 form letters are sent within the first 24 hours it is available.
  • May 2, 2006: Jack Layton responds via email to the form letters and outlines the NDP's opposition to Lockheed Martin's involvement in the census. He includes a link to information on Brian Masse's statements on the issue in the House of Commons. Jack Layton's full response is available on Vive at: Jack Layton's response to the census issue
  • May 3, 2006: In response to an Edmonton Sun article outlining a partnership between Statistics Canada and the Alberta-based Mountain Crest beer company to encourage young people to participate in the census through a limited edition "Census Beer", Vive expands the census boycott to a boycott of Mountain Crest beer products.

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Published on: 2008-02-04 (3119 reads)

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