Statistics are used to paint a picture — to tell a story. What statistics are presented, and how they are utilized and to what ends, is another matter. They are instruments used at the discretion of the storyteller.
Canadians have a special interest in statistics that tell our linguistic story. We pay special attention to statistics related to our two official languages, and to the languages of Indigenous people.
When looking at language data, it is important to consider two things: what is being measured (the variable); and where is it being measured (the geography).