Canada Corruption

Yet Another Despot Gets Away With Grand Corruption

Priya Sood | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Priya Sood

At the end of November, the Egyptian court dropped corruption charges against Hosni Mubarak, former president of Egypt, who was alleged to have stolen an estimated $1.2 billion from the country. This turn of events now means that one more despot has been allowed to steal from his own citizens and not face any consequences.

You Might Have Just Bought an Illegally Cut Piece of the Rainforest

David Fogarty | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Impact
David Fogarty

If you've just been shopping at the supermarket or hardware store, chances are you've brought a little bit of tropical rainforest home with you. And chances are some of it was illegally cleared.

Money Laundering Hinders the Fight to End Poverty

Priya Sood | Posted 11.02.2014 | Canada
Priya Sood

Legislators can mitigate the proliferation of money laundering by strengthening laws, policies and processes. They have the power to pressure their governments to ensure that information on the beneficial ownership and control of companies, trusts and foundations is available on public record to facilitate effective due diligence.

How Foreign Aid Is Used To Buy Votes

Patricia Adams | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada
Patricia Adams

The problem, according to Jablonski, is that donor countries often "lack information about who is most deserving of aid funds" and so delegate that responsibility to recipient governments, who then take advantage of the windfall by delivering those funds to voters most likely to keep them in office.

Ukraine Must Play Tough After This Week's Election

Diane Francis | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

If Ukraine calls Putin's bluff, Russia's stability may be shaken and certainly western Europe's indifference will be. Putin's nationalistic narrative has temporarily supplanted the protests in his own country and allowed him to impose repressive measures, but his power is fragile.

RCMP Tracks Its Own Corruption

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An internal RCMP study found 322 incidents of corruption within the national police force over an 11-year period — including a dozen exampl...

The Probe of Three Gorges Officials Is Getting Too Close for Communist Party Leaders

Patricia Adams | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada
Patricia Adams

Chinese President Xi Jinping's sweeping campaign to root out graft and curb abuse of power is now trained on the Three Gorges Corporation, the state-owned enterprise that built and operates the world's largest dam.

Will the World Bank's Latest Mega Expansion Cause Mega Damage?

Patricia Adams | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Patricia Adams

The World Bank wants to add tens of billions of dollars to its annual budget in an effort to eliminate "extreme" poverty by 2030. But decades of misma...

China Must Regulate Pollution or Be Doomed to an "Airpocalypse"

Patricia Adams | Posted 05.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Patricia Adams

China's National People's Congress meet in Beijing Wednesday, with the country's crippling smog, which now looms as a threat to the leadership, high on the agenda. China's air isn't polluted because the technologies to keep it clean are unavailable but because the country lacks a credible regulatory regime that makes polluters pay and rewards investors to innovate. Why does the government target BBQs and individuals instead of the major polluters? Because it knows how to deprive ordinary citizens of their property and their lives. It doesn't know how to regulate an incoherent economy bereft of market discipline.

Does SNC-Lavalin Deserve a Clean Bill of Health?

Patricia Adams | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada
Patricia Adams

SNC-Lavalin, the graft-tainted engineering giant, has cleaned up its act and tackled its corrupt business practices, according to a 2013 internal revi...

Iran: Rouhani Fights the Revolutionary Guards, Not Corruption

Ali Alfoneh | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada
Ali Alfoneh

Iran ranked 144th out of 175 on Transparency International's 2013 Corruption Perception Index. This is not a joke: Iran shared the position with Cameroon, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea and Ukraine. It is no wonder why Rouhani is trying to expose the corruption of his predecessor.

Watching the Watchdog: Long Walk of Prisoner #46664

Tim Knight | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada
Tim Knight

This day in Dublin, Mandela shakes my hand. It's a most peculiar moment. I look into his eyes, he looks into mine, and somehow I know I'm in the presence of sheer, bloody greatness. Not because of what he's done or had done to him, but simply because of who he is.

Long Walk of Prisoner #46664 Part 3: Now Cracks a Noble Heart

Tim Knight | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada
Tim Knight

For most South Africans, that long walk to freedom Mandela wrote about is on a much longer, stonier and more dangerous road than they ever expected. And it's taking far more time than their well wishers around the world ever predicted. Considering what's happening to his dream of a new, democratic and rainbow nation, maybe it's best that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela has gone.

The Canada and Hong Kong Advantage: The Rule of Law

Mark Milke | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

One critical difference between a well-functioning city-state on the periphery of East Asia -- or a country like Canada -- and China, is the degree to which rules are predictable and enforced. Obvious or not, those tempted to bend or break the rules should recall such distinctions, as should the rest of us.

Political Corruption Affects Real People

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Akaash Maharaj

Every year, political corruption kills as many as 140,000 children worldwide, by depriving them of medical care, food, and water. Yet, far too often, the perpetrators of the most outrageous acts of corruption are able to use their illicit wealth and power to pervert the very laws and institutions that should call them to account.

Rob Ford Distracts From Canada's Other Political Disasters

Diane Francis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

It's too bad that Toronto's mayor has attracted so much publicity but it's, on balance, a very good development for Canada. There will be the Rob and Doug Show and, more importantly, he's hogging the spotlight away from others whose behaviour has been worse.

How Canada Encourages Corrupt Companies

Patricia Adams | Posted 11.08.2013 | Canada Business
Patricia Adams

According to Michael Hershman, an international expert on transparency and accountability, corruption is more severe in Quebec than anywhere else in Canada and a "culture of corruption" has invaded the province's business elite.

Let's Follow Saskatchewan's Lead and Move to Abolish the Senate

Diane Francis | Posted 11.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Saskatchewan is one of the richest jurisdictions in Canada, second only to Alberta, and has once more lit a firestorm that may sweep the west and profoundly change Canada's politics. Like the launch of public health care and refusal to let foreigners buy Potash Corporation, Saskatchewan led the nation with its initiative to abolish the Canadian Senate.

Western Business Must Walk the Talk in Myanmar

Errol P. Mendes | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Business
Errol P. Mendes

Many people in Myanmar commemorated the 25th anniversary this September of one of the bloodiest crackdowns in the country's history. Western business should be encouraged to bring more socially responsible practices to Myanmar but should take critical measures to ensure that they not become part of the democracy-hindering problem rather than the solution.

Trinidad and Tobago Taught Canada an Anti-Corruption Lesson

Patricia Adams | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada
Patricia Adams

After weeks of maneuvering by the Canadian government to secure a lucrative contract in Trinidad and Tobago for graft-tainted engineering giant SNC-Lavalin, the government of that Caribbean nation has announced that it isn't interested in dealing with a company that has "difficulty in passing the test of confidence." T&T can see that the company cannot be trusted, so why can't the Canadian government?

Justin Trudeau's Liberal Brand Problems

Daniel Dickin | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

One of the first orders of business for new political party leaders is the branding of their party. What will their party stand for? What will they do if elected? How will their policies help Canadian families? The Liberals and the media together have been closely watching Justin Trudeau since he became leader. They want to see what Trudeau's brand will be. So far, his biggest alignment has been with illegal activity. Not a great start.

SNC-Lavalin Corruption Allegations Abound -- So Why's Canada Promoting the Company Abroad?

Patricia Adams | Posted 10.03.2013 | Canada Politics
Patricia Adams

The Canadian government is doing what it can to help corruption-plagued SNC-Lavalin get a lucrative contract to build a $163-million hospital complex in the Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago. The injudiciousness of the decision by one Canadian federal government agency to arrange an untendered, closed-door deal for SNC-Lavalin while another, the federal police force, investigates the company for wrongdoing seems lost on government officials. Canadians would be right to charge that our government is failing to maintain proper standards in the handling of public projects.

Learn From Laval and Montreal -- Limit Mayoral Terms

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

I believe the time has come for the National Assembly of Quebec to legislate a limit on a mayor's tenure in the province's cities. As in many other jurisdictions, two terms are more than sufficient, whereas clinging to power for extended periods of time leads to cronyism and conspiracy as has been well demonstrated by the Montreal and Laval experience!

We all Have a Responsibility to Fight Corruption

Toula Drimonis | Posted 08.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Toula Drimonis

It's time to demand more transparency. This is our money. We should know how it's being spent. Our duty as voters doesn't end in the ballot booth. We need to demand accountability and a much more open government. Any conflict of interest should be exposed immediately.

The Problem With Tax Havens

Tom Cardamone | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada
Tom Cardamone

A tax haven (or "fiscal paradise" in french) seems like a benign, if rampant, breach of the law. It's just a matter of shifting money around, right? Except when a secret company/tax haven is used to shield the activities of a notorious African dictator. Suddenly, the mysterious offshore world no longer seems so harmless.