June 1, 1981 (32nd Parliament, 1st Session)


Robert Lloyd Wenman

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Robert Wenman (Fraser Valley West):

Madam Speaker, in view of the fact that question No. 37 on the 1981 census form asks married women to reveal whether or not they have had children out of wedlock, and considering the fact that this information is readily available from provincial social service authorities, just as other information requested in the census
form can be drawn from sources such as income tax returns, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Crowfoot (Mr. Malone):
That the Minister of Supply and Services put down his little red gun, strike out question No. 37 and all offensive and repugnant questions on this census form, try to get his act together with the provinces and federal government departments, and immediately serve notice to all census takers that extra questions on the long form should be gathered on a non-compulsory basis.

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