Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defends Statistics Canada’s efforts to collect the financial transaction data and personal information of 500,000 citizens, Global News reports. Trudeau said the federal government will ensure the data is protected and anonymized. “High quality and timely data are critical to ensuring that government programs remain relevant and effective for Canadians,” Trudeau said. The prime minister faced questions about the data collection from Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen, who called for Trudeau to “immediately assure Canadians that this intrusion into their lives will be stopped.”
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