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Outside the courtroom after the ruling, Tobias thanked the judge for his decision and said her first thought was "goodness gracious" when the ruling came down.
“I would have done whatever was necessary,” she said. “Under no circumstances would I have paid a fine, which was a way of saying I was guilty.”
In making her defence before the court, Tobias had argued that forcing her to complete the census would have violated her freedoms of conscience and free expression.
4) A rational person who has only this Objective Summary for input, will be misled.
The Law as applied by Statistics Canada and the Justice Department does not provide for partial completion of the form. I had lengthy and on-going conversations with Statistics Canada about the dilemma with the 2006 census, starting two years (early 2004) in advance. They did not offer any option in choosing which questions to answer. It is all or nothing. Beginning in 2008 the consistent and repeated threat to me was to answer the questions and if not, face prosecution, a fine of up to $500 AND/or 3 months in jail.
The fact that there is no option – all or nothing – - is at the very least, equally pertinent to the statement “refused to fill in and return any of the long form census form”.
The Objective Summary presents and repeats one selected fact which significantly biases the Summary.