I stumbled across this fascinating, short video by Shachi Kurl, talking about the government and polling.
We want our government to use data to drive their decisions – we don’t want governments doing things based solely on ideological positions or, worse, faith. So we’d presume government should take the responsibility to collect that data.
And they used to… but not so much anymore. The most blatant example of that was when the Harper government scrapped the long form census. But it’s been an insidious trend for a while now, spanning multiple governments.
But why would governments hamstring themselves like this? Check out Shachi Kurl’s take on it: