May 11, 2016

Cognitive dissonance: Why don't Bill C-51 opponents hate the census, too?

Karsten ErzingerRebel Blogger

Yesterday, May 10, was Census Day, the deadline for the completion of the 2016 Canadian census. This year marks the reintroduction of the mandatory long form census, which was made voluntary by the Harper government in 2010. Failure to complete the census could lead you to be fined, imprisoned or both.

This move has been celebrated by many in the mainstream media and on social media, with numerous triumphant cries hailing the return to “evidence based policies.”

This struck me as odd. Since when did giving the government personal and private information become cool? In the age of Snowden, the NSA, and Bill C-51, isn’t handing over piles of information to the government something we’re supposed to protest and be scared of?

Bill C-51 was an overhaul of Canada’s anti-terrorism laws and was met with vehement opposition.

One of the biggest criticisms of C-51 had to do with privacy concerns. Opponents feared the prospect of the government collecting personal data like their internet browsing history or travel habits, and sharing it between different departments of government.

Yet many of these same individuals welcome the return of the long form census. What could possibly explain this apparent contradiction?

The easy explanation is partisan bias. Bill C-51 was a product of the “evil, anti-democratic” Conservative government led by Stephen Harper who is either “Hitler, like Hitler, or worse than Hitler” depending on which Harper-hater you asked.

However, the return of the mandatory census was, of course, the product of the “enlightened, data-loving, evidence-based-policy, quantum-computing expert” Justin Trudeau’s government. I guess as long as the government has a friendly face leading it, its collection of personal and private information is perfectly acceptable.

This cognitive dissonance brings to mind government plans to ban menthol cigarettes, in order to keep them out of the hands of children, while simultaneously working to legalize marijuana…. in order to keep it out of the hands of children. It seems that sound and consistent logic is too much to ask for in government policy.

Cognitive dissonance, inconsistency, and disingenuousness in public policy debates, regardless of which political camp it emanates from, is aggravating to say the least; it would be nice to see less of it in the future.

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commented 2016-05-11 19:58:23 -0400
That would have been hilarious had it nit been so pathetic. Talh about your low-information voters.
BTW, nice to see/hear you back Marissa.
commented 2016-05-11 19:19:04 -0400
I recognize all these people from the temporary hiring agencies. Good to see they got some employment protesting.
commented 2016-05-11 19:15:54 -0400
Lefty street politik is living proof most people are totally uninterested in facts/truth. Perceptions sell big in moonbat land.
commented 2016-05-11 19:15:54 -0400
Lefty street politik is living proof most people are totally uninterested in facts/truth. Perceptions sell big in moonbat land.
commented 2016-05-11 19:15:54 -0400
Lefty street politik is living proof most people are totally uninterested in facts/truth. Perceptions sell big in moonbat land.
commented 2016-05-11 19:00:23 -0400
WOW! None of these idiots portrayed any intelligence at all and even admitted to the fact that they weren’t educated enough – yet were very outspoken of their own ignorance?? Put all those idiots in Quebec & build a wall so they can not contaminate the rest of Canada! Couldn’t find things online?! – yet the same dip-shit said he had gained his “opinion” online?! Is it any wonder how TruDope seduced these idiots to vote him in? This world is filled with way too many idiot Libtards – time to deport along with any radical Muslim to Syria – which I’ve heard has many vacancies!
commented 2016-05-11 18:24:37 -0400
It’s the same old protesters they are professional protesters they have no clue they just show up to fill any empty place in reality the space they use is a waist of space nothing like an old communist
commented 2016-05-11 18:17:11 -0400
I just received my empty Census envelope this morning, 11th May, so I guess it is Slammer time for me. It dose state that I may complete the form online. What if I do not have a PC?

I shall wait a week and then call them and say I requested a form to fill out by hand, but it has not arrived yet. FU JT.
commented 2016-05-11 18:02:30 -0400
I LOVED the toy soldier’s closing comments. That was hilarious! Excellent ending to the video. However, after I had a good laugh, I thought “Man, some of these people are voting! Scary!”.
commented 2016-05-11 17:42:10 -0400
karsten it continues to amaze me the way liberal voters can’t understand that ,i have already been bothered twice to fill it out and have refused
commented 2016-05-11 17:06:32 -0400
I hate both. At least I’m consistent.
commented 2016-05-11 17:00:08 -0400
Harper missed the boat, he should increased the penalties for failure to complete the census. Junior then would have been compelled to go with the short form voluntary census. Counterpsychology is a wonderful thing.
commented 2016-05-11 16:43:49 -0400
I thought this census is totally illegal, as there are many reasons that could occur making it impossible to complete it, especially on time. Sick in hospital, lost mail, didnt receive it, out of country, no phone or computer, etc, etc.
commented 2016-05-11 16:17:21 -0400
The left is truly astonishing… they fear the government and then petition for a larger one that controls everything.
commented 2016-05-11 16:03:32 -0400
There are no words to adequately describe the utter hypocrisy of today’s socialists. Rational though for the left is a thing of the past. It’s all about what feels good at the time.
commented 2016-05-11 15:50:30 -0400
Rational thought is not part of the left.