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Francophone Group Disappointed with Court Decision on Census/Phone In: Political Courage

A Disappointing Decision: The Federal Court of Canada has rejected an attempt by a francophone group to force the Harper government to reverse its decision to scrap the long form census. The governing Conservatives believe the survey is too intrusive. But many minority groups, social scientists, municipal governments, churches and charities believe it gathers critical information. The Federation des Communautes Francophones et Acadiennes du Canada spearheaded the court challenge. We spoke with the group's president, Marie-France Kenny.

The Courage of Their Convictions: When they knock on doors looking for votes, politicians are quick to tell us what they believe in, and how they'll make a difference. But once they're elected, those outspoken candidates with bold new ideas seem to fade into the background. Those who end up in positions of leadership weigh their every word, and those relegated to lessor roles usually keep quiet. It's rare for a politician to stand up to colleagues and their party, and when it happens, it's big news.
Taking a stand that runs contrary to your party's policies clearly comes with a price. Some people complain that elections lack substance, and political leaders lack vision. But voters seem uncomfortable with hard truths. What about telling it like it is - saying taxes have to go up, or services have to be cut, in order to control spending? Can a politician speak the truth and not pay a political price? Is it courageous or political suicide to take a stand? Our guests were Murray Scott, a former Nova Scotian MLA, who also served as a cabinet minister, and Speaker of the House, and Don Desserud who teaches political science at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. Our question what qualities do you want in the politicians who represents you?

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