What rhymes with census?
Every cause needs a song and now the controversy over the long-form census (believe it or not) has its own tune. Courtesy of gay-rights activist John Campey and an ad hoc accompanying group called "the Data Hounds," here's the song, borrowed from that old Gary Lewis and the Playboys hit, "Count Me In." If you'd like to sing along, I've put the lyrics below.
Count me in (with apologies to Gary Lewis and the Playboys)
Give us back the long form census - Count me in!
Information we rely on, through thick and thin
It's a source of crucial data that we never doubt
If you think that we don't care -- you can't count!
When you count the ones who need it, count me too.
Towns and cities -- every province -- think it through!
Public transit, schools and health care, even business too!
Tory pollsters -- yes, even you!
It's a picture of our nation over time!
Stealing such a source of knowledge, that's a crime!
Census data serves a purpose, tells us who we are
How we've changed and done so far!
When you count the mess you're making -- count this too
Once it's gone we can't replace it - count me blue
Just be sure you count the cost, and when the counting's through
Count me mad as hell ... with you!