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Article Published May 21, 1999 Vol. III No. 08

Gordon A. Watts POST-1901 CENSUS NEWS (Canada)
By: Gordon A. Watts,

Greetings Readers, and Members of Parliament

Rick Roberts of Global Genealogy has made improvements to the Post 1901 Census Project webpage, including the addition of the Hansard excerpts from the Senate Debates regarding Access to Census Information. You can now see these debates by clicking a link on the page. The URL for the Post 1901 Census Project webpage is

MPs are not exactly breaking speed records in responding to the question of how they would vote on a Bill to open Post 1901 Census information to the Public. Perhaps they do not care how 7.5 million plus Canadian genealogists and historians cast their votes in the next Federal election.

To date, only one MP has responded directly to the email question sent by Rick. Responses sent directly to listers and subsequently copied to the lists or to Rick are starting to come in. To date there are four in favour, and two against.

They are:

For: Against: Herb Grey, Deputy Prime Minister, sent a non-commital response to one of the listers.

Rick has sent snail mail letters to 301 MPs this week. They contain the same question asked in the email version three weeks ago. We will see if they are any more concerned about responding to the question this time.

Senator Milne's office reports more than 600 email supporting Release of Post 1901 Census information to the Public. Muriel Davidson has had 416 email pass through her to Senator Milne.

Interest in the Post 1901 Census Project page is growing. It is getting an increasing number of hits and has been reported far and wide, including Ancestry News and in Dick Eastman's e-zine.

I would encourage all listers to post reponses from their MPs to the lists, and/or copy them to me at .

I would appreciate being copied on your MPs response to the question of how they would vote as well. Thank you for your continued support. With your help we will obtain our goal.

Happy Hunting.

Gordon A. Watts

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