Mad Max, in a 2006 letter to Liberal MP Bryon Wilfert:
These questions continue to be essential for providing the information needed by governments, businesses, researchers and individual Canadians to shed light on issues of concern to all of us — employment, education, training, transportation, housing, immigration, income support, pensions for seniors, transfer payments, aboriginal issues and many more
All of the questions are designed to meet important information requirements that would be extremely difficult to satisfy efficiently from other sources. In fact, every question goes through a rigorous consultation, testing, review and approval process, including that by Cabinet
It's almost embarrassing to link to Maxime's blog post of July 23rd, when all the folks mentioned in the first paragraph have become "special interests". Its almost embarrassing to note his Radio-Canada appearance where he cavalierly states that the information requirements--which he formerly thought were so difficult to satisfy efficiently from other sources--could be created --SHAZAM!!--through research paid for by the private sector.