Message from Gordon A. Watts:
FYI, the following statement by MP Murray Calder, our champion in the
House of Commons, was made during Members Statements on Wednesday, 9
Murray Calder, M.P., S.O. 31, October 9, 2002
Mr. Speaker, there are about 7.5 million Canadians engaged in genealogy.
This is one of our most popular hobbies. Thousands of genealogists,
historians and medical researchers have asked the House to allow access
to post-1901 census records. I was delighted last week to hear the House
Leader say that the government plans to introduce legislation this fall
to allow researchers access to these records after 92 years. This move
is very welcome.
I note that 162 members of this House are now on record as supporting
their release. The census records up to and including 1901 have been a
very valuable source for researchers. These are available on microfilm
through archives and libraries across the country. I urge the government
to ensure that later census records be just as accessible to