Interesting news this week regarding Canada’s perceived level of corruption – and perceived is the key word. According to Transparency International the perception of Canada’s level of corruption is 9th lowest, behind countries such as Denmark, Finland and Sweden which tied for the number one position as the least corrupt.
The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories. A country or territory’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 – 100, where 0 means that a country is perceived as highly corrupt and 100 means it is perceived as very clean. Canada’s rating is 84.
It is interesting that in this era of instant news pinging around the world via the Internet the recent Charbonneau Commission, which has exposed corruption in Quebec and had mayors and public officials resigning like it is going out of fashion. Perhaps this time next year Canada won’t be enjoying such a perception of transparency and it will be due to Quebec’s evident long history of government kick-backs and corrupt contract bidding.