Michael Ignatieff meets with former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien today. So many things to discuss! Quixotique would love to be a fly on that wall! But seriously, one should assume that the StatsCan imbroglio will be a hot subject for both. It's well documented that Chrétien held many portfolios in his years in government before becoming Liberal Leader and Prime Minister and that each time he was offered a new department he would seek out and/or demand the most capable Deputy Minister be brought in or accompany him. So his advice in this affair will be inavluable. And given previous commentary, he knows something about facts and statistics.
So, What would Chretien say? Why it's obvious:
"A proof is a proof. What kind of proof? It's a proof. A proof is a proof. And when you have a good proof, it's because it's proven."
No statistician worth their salt would argue with that.