I have encountered some confusion from people when discussing Statistics Canada’s recent decision to compel police departments across Canada to record the self declared gender identity of criminals in place of their sex. I suspect that the confusion stems from the fact that the Statistics Canada website does not outline this change.
The site makes it appear that they will be recording both sex and gender (what ever that is…) but they fail to mention that in respect to criminal data only gender is being recorded (as of January 2019). In an effort to, hopefully, clear this up I have posted screenshots of emails I received from Statistics Canada. I received the response below on April 25, 2019.
Anyone who would like to independently verify this should contact either Statistics Canada or the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.
It is important to note that data from police is used to create the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey (UCR). The UCR is a necessary resource for research regarding the frequency and nature of crime in Canada. This incoherent change has rendered statistics on male and female victimization and violence unreliable.
When my head stopped spinning I sent a follow up email asking whether any announcement had been made by Statistics Canada regarding this seismic shift. I received the new sex and gender standards (sex/gender), a link to Bill C-16 (which added gender identity and expression as prohibited means of discrimination in the criminal code) and a link to Statistics Canada’s page for “gender, diversity, and inclusion statistics”. Nothing in this response (pictured below) indicates that there has been any effort on the part of the government to inform Canadians of this surreptitiously imposed destruction of crime statistics.
(*Edit: There has been some confusion expressed by people who do not understand why the above links do not constitute an announcement. The reason is, while they have announced their new definitions, they have not announced that crime is now only being recorded by self declared gender. )
I cannot imagine what is in the minds of the people who have crafted and implemented this mess. Do they really believe they can fundamentally reshape how Canadians understand sex? Do they really believe that they can erase sex as a variable in crime statistics, thereby robbing women of the ability to track male violence, and sneakily get away with it by not informing the public? It is obvious that they do. It is obvious that they are not foolish to believe they could because they have done it and few have noticed.