So, does anyone remember that last year when the Conservatives were making all the noise about killing the mandatory long-form census, their chief rationale (repeated ad nauseum) was that Canadians shouldn’t be threatened with jail time for not filling out personal information on the long-form? It sounds on the surface like a perfectly rational point. We won’t get into the fact that not once has anyone actually been imprisoned under this law.
Here’s the thing – every morning I’ve been hearing these ominous radio ads that start with creepy percussion (a bit like the Law & Order “chunk-chunk” noise) followed by a serious voice saying “By law, all Canadian households must complete a census form.”) Let’s break it down again - we have the musical homage to a show about crime and punishment and the first words of the ad are “By law.” Basically, subliminally threatening people with jail time if they don’t fill out the census form.
Kinda writes itself, doesn’t it?