You might consider dropping by the website of the U.S. Census Bureau to see how much information the government of that country — that bastion of free markets — makes available to people at no charge. I think the page on Data Access Tools is particularly interesting. The internet access may be a recent development but the U.S. government has long made information available for free that StatsCan charges for. And why not? The taxpayer pays to have it gathered and analyzed. Why shouldn't the taxpayer have access to it?