If this package is part of a Ubuntu update for their core system, then Mint is likely to include it.
--and few will know it is being installed, whether it is OSS packaged or not. We already use Nvidia or ATI binaries, despite the offer of the OSS Nouveau drivers, because they have better performance or more useful features, 3D acceleration
It is also true that most people will not scan their system for packages that are installed or services that are running, since that is not the reason they tend to use a computer, they simply want to get something done, either connecting to the Internet, running a useful or interesting applications or simply using the computer for work, using an office product.
How many people using Mint or any Linux or any other OS check their system, and tweak or at least investigate its operations to know/decide what should/should not be installed or running
--I think we all know the answer: the number is close to zero
What that package indicates it is doing
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apt search canonical
p canonical-census - send I am alive ping to Canonical
So, not too bad if they only want a count of the number of Ubuntu based systems running
--although, like the ET phone home programs of other vendors, I just don't want to be counted, even if it seems like a minor request, and might even be considered benign.
This is not really so much different from the Mint installation, whereby the hardware of your system ( a profile, if you like) is delivered to Mint, if you accept the opt-in request.