Transparency International, a watchdog agency that monitors global corruption, considers Canada to be among the least effective countries when it comes to applying bribery standards set out by the Organization for economic Co-opertation and Development (OECD).
‘Unless there is strong political will to take this on as an important issue, Canada and other countries that are laggards will remain behind,” said Huguette Labelle, the chair of Transparency International and a Canadian who served as a deputy minister in Ottawa for 19 years. “It is important for Canada’s reputation. We need to move from where we are now.’
The poor rating places Canada in the embarrassing company of countries like Greece, Hungary, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia – although New Zealand and Australia are also among the 21 countries in the bottom rung.
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