We hear a great deal about the lives of the rich, much of it sympathetic and often fawning.
Even Conrad Black, despite his history of anti-Canadian outbursts, is treated almost fondly by commentators who generally have a hard-hearted, tough-on-crime attitude toward less well-heeled felons.
The poor rarely get such sympathetic attention; indeed they rarely get much attention at all. And they're soon to get even less.
That is the real reason for the Harper government's decision to scrap the long-form census matters, and why the debate over it is more than a bizarre obsession with statistics in this overheated summer.