Oct 09, 2013
By AM740 Staff
A Toronto judge has found an elderly woman not guilty of contravening the Statistics Act by refusing to fill out her census form.
That’s 89-year old Audrey Tobias.
She refused to fill out the short-form census because Lockheed Martin, the American arms manufacturer, provided the software Statistics Canada used to process the information.
She faced a potential 500-dollar fine and/or three months in jail.
Tobias has been a longtime peace activist.
During the trial she told the court that giving the contract to a military company sends a message that Canada supports military solutions.
Tobias and her lawyer fought the criminal charge on the basis that filling out the form would violate her charter rights specifically her freedom of expression and freedom of conscience