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Canada slips out of list of world's ten least-corrupt countries after SNC-Lavalin scandal

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Canada slid to its lowest level in at least a decade on a global index of corruption, driven down by the SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. scandal, a new report shows.

The country was ranked 12 th of 180 countries on Berlin-based Transparency International’s 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index, an annual worldwide list from least corrupt country to worst issued Thursday. Canada ranked ninth in 2018 and sixth in 2010.

While Canada had the best score in the Americas – 77 out of 100 —, the country has slipped four points since last year and 12 points since 2010, the data shows.

 

“A former executive of construction company SNC-Lavalin was convicted in December over bribes the company paid in Libya,” Transparency International said in the report. “Our research shows that enforcement of foreign bribery laws among OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ) countries is shockingly low,” it said, referring to a group of 36 countries sometimes called the rich nations club.

Denmark and New Zealand co-led the index, emerging as the world’s least corrupt states with scores of 87, while Somalia had the worst score at nine, followed by war-torn nations South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The U.S. ranked 23rd and the U.K. tied with Canada, Australia and Austria.

The corruption index is among a handful of indicators — such as the Washington, D.C.-based World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking that measures red tape in countries, and the United Nations’ Human Development Index that assesses lifespan, education and income — that give snapshots of a country’s performance. They can help influence foreign policy and even debt ratings.

 

The report didn’t specifically mention the political realm of the SNC-Lavalin scandal, and how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was criticized by Parliament’s Ethics Commissioner for improperly influencing then-Minister of Justice and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene in the bribery case facing the Montreal-based company. Wilson-Raybould later resigned from her posts and Trudeau expelled her from the Liberal party caucus.

“The controversy surrounding the attorney general, the governing party and the allegations of influence — another word for influence is corruption — that has to play into the index, and it should,” Len Brooks, associate professor of business ethics at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, said by phone.

Trudeau said he wanted SNC-Lavalin to face a deferred prosecution agreement — essentially a fine negotiated with a judge instead of a criminal trial — because it would help save jobs that might be put at risk from lost contracts after a criminal conviction. A bribery conviction could ban a company from federal contracts for a decade under government law and also risk contracts linked to the World Bank.

Last month, the Court of Quebec ordered SNC-Lavalin to pay a $280-million fine over five years, with three years of probation, in what appeared to be a break for the company. The RCMP had charged the builder with fraud and bribing Libyan officials in Moammar Gadhafi’s regime with $48 million from 2001 to 2011 to secure contracts.

Brooks said Canada still has work to do on corruption issues, such as stamping out the paying-for-access to politicians, a trend that Transparency International cited as affecting many countries along with concerns over conflicts of interest, preferential treatment, electoral integrity, lobbying activities and civil liberties.

“The work around pipelines and Indigenous groups — there’s all kinds of stuff that comes up there,” said Brooks, who noted Canada’s score would barely earn a B+ at Rotman. “Certainly arguments can be made that we’re not recognizing certain groups of people as best we should.”

Financial Post

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/money/topstories/canada-slips-out-of-list-of-worlds-ten-least-corrupt-countries-after-snc-lavalin-scandal/ar-BBZgG7q?ocid=sf

 

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yeah but look at the countries above us, all socialist hellscapes amiright?

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3 minutes ago, inane said:

yeah but look at the countries above us, all socialist hellscapes amiright?

'Struth.....

 

.....and there's also that country 11 spots behind us that Albertans are so eager to emulate....

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20 minutes ago, inane said:

yeah but look at the countries above us, all socialist hellscapes amiright?

The life blood of tyranny has always been other people's money.


The only solution is to give it back to the people, because even if there was a pot of a hundred bucks in the public's coffer, you'd STILL have guilds of psychopathic money launderers posing as public servants vying for it, because it's their very nature.

 

As it's been so often touted, it still could not be any more true today than when it was first said:

 

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions." ~unknown

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Basically, if you read between the lines at who is identified, the article is saying Quebec is corrupt, not Canada - amirite? 

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Much easier to get away with murder in the lower mainland than in Somalia.

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so.... pretty much bang on where we should be. Neat. 

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5 minutes ago, Jimmy McGill said:

so.... pretty much bang on where we should be. Neat. 

We can all take comfort in not knowing what we don't know. 

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1 minute ago, Boudrias said:

We can all take comfort in not knowing what we don't know. 

excellent point :lol:

 

But if we aren't aware of the things we don't know that we don't know, how can we blame Trudeau for them? 

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Just now, Tortorella's Rant said:

But, but, Harpur and the consevatives. 

He plays for Marlies now, I believe.

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12 minutes ago, Jimmy McGill said:

excellent point :lol:

 

But if we aren't aware of the things we don't know that we don't know, how can we blame Trudeau for them? 

It is Friday afternoon so all I can say is that it is all Turdeau's fault. 

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1 minute ago, Boudrias said:

It is Friday afternoon so all I can say is that it is all Turdeau's fault. 

Really it goes back to Pierre. 

 

(I'm doing it right, correct?)

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1 hour ago, Fanuck said:

Basically, if you read between the lines at who is identified, the article is saying Quebec is corrupt, not Canada - amirite? 

Not quite.  We do pretty well in BC too.  Go back to the Sommers scandal over tree farm licenses in 1958 and move forward.  Plenty of pay to play there.  Then there's the epic  levels of money laundering in our banking and real estate sectors.  And that's just off the top of my head.  Not saying Quebec is clean or that BC corruption has the same influence in national politics, but it definitely exists.  Still proud of Jody for standing up on that file though. 

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29 minutes ago, Jimmy McGill said:

so.... pretty much bang on where we should be. Neat. 

Mediocre Jim..

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46 minutes ago, Ryan Strome said:

Mediocre Jim..

:frantic:I'm paying for Quebec's babies :frantic:

 

 

better? 

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49 minutes ago, Ryan Strome said:

Mediocre Jim..

No, no. We had that debate on Canucks Twitter when someone called the team mediocre already. You have to be average to be mediocre. B)

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