Canada Corruption

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

Patricia Adams | Posted 04.18.2014 | 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 04.11.2014 | 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 03.10.2014 | 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.

New Monsanto Banana Promises Rapid Weight Loss and Whiter Teeth

The Lapine | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada
The Lapine

Genetic modifier Monsanto Inc. has launched its patented new 2013 model Banana Plus with bold new features aimed directly at the image conscious consu...

Political Accountability and Self-Dealing

Richard Leblanc | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada Politics
Richard Leblanc

A municipal politician told my graduate class when he spoke about accountability in public office this week that politicians have the ability to make ...

Does Your Audit Committee Need a Reset?

Richard Leblanc | Posted 04.27.2013 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

There is a strong bias for audit committees to oversee many risks, not just financial. No regulation mandates this however. Audit committees should not oversee risks that they are not qualified to oversee. Here are a dozen broader questions to determine whether your Audit Committee needs a reset.

Which Countries Are The Most And Least Corrupt?

CP | David Rising, The Associated Press | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada Business

BERLIN - The countries worst hit by the European financial crisis are also perceived as being among the most corrupt in the European Union, and those ...

Watching the Watchdog: Don't Mess With Mesley

Tim Knight | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

You wouldn't ever want to answer your front door to find Wendy Mesley holding a microphone there -- right next to a CBC camera flashing its little red light. Last Sunday, some of the old pre-perky Mesley came back. The following is the last part of of Mesley's interview with Jacques Duchesneau, the former Montreal police chief.

Quebec's Mafia Corruption Is All Out In the Open

VICE | Posted 01.08.2013 | Canada
VICE

On Monday, Montreal's hapless, shaky, angry, and white-haired mayor, Gérald Tremblay, resigned in disgrace. It's no big surprise, really. Gérald had been fighting corruption allegations for years, always claiming that he knew nothing about any corruption seeping into Montreal's municipal politics. Even the most casual city observer would call utter bullshit on that. The mayor's position really became untenable last week when a former top aide, Martin Dumont, dished the goods in front of the Charbonneau Commission, which has been overturning dirty rocks to uncover the filthy world of Montreal's construction contracts.