Canada is among the least corrupt countries in the world, albeit the halo has slipped a bit, says Transparency International, an organization dedicated to leading the global fight against corruption.
The group’s 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index released yesterday shows Canada ranks 10th — down from sixth spot last year — of the 183 countries surveyed. The organization defines corruption as the abuse of public resources, bribery and secretive decision-making. New Zealand ranked first.
“I think it is a good thing that we haven’t slipped significantly,” said Jim Klotz, president and chairman of Transparency International Canada.
Klotz said more cases of corruption in Canada were revealed in the past year, including the case of Calgary oil and gas company, Niko Resources, paying nearly $9.5 million in fines and penalties after admitting that it bribed a Bangladeshi government minister.
“There have been no prosecutions for international corruption in Canada up until this past year for all intents and purposes … so I wasn’t surprised that Canada didn’t go up in the rankings,” Klotz told the Toronto Star yesterday.