Canada to make statistics agency independent amid data concerns

Dec 7 Canada moved to formalize
Statistics Canada’s independence as an arms-length agency on
Wednesday in an attempt to boost the agency’s credibility after
its head quit last year in protest over concerns about the
agency’s autonomy.The legislation to amend the Statistics Act, introduced to
parliament by Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, would also give
the chief statistician a renewable five-year term and create an
advisory council to ensure the agency is transparent.”Our government believes that for a national statistical
agency to be credible, there must be a high degree of
professional independence,” Bains told reporters.StatCan releases the country’s …
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