Saturday, 21 November 2009

Transparency International Ranks Canada 8th Least Corrupt Nation, the only G8 country with low corruption

November 18, 2009 9:13 p.m. EST

AHN Staff
Berlin, Germany (AHN) - Among 180 nations ranked in 2009 by Transparency International for corruption, Canada is the eighth least corrupt country. Canada is in a three-way tie with Australia and Iceland in eighth place.

According to TI, the least corrupt is New Zealand. Next are Denmark, Singapore and Sweden. The U.S. is in 19th place only among the least corrupt.

On the opposite end, Somalia is listed as the most corrupt, followed by Afghanistan, Myanmar and Sudan.

TI Canada President James Klotz said although Canada has a decent ranking, it is not corruption free. He cited the sponsorship scandal, eHealth contracts and the Montreal mayoral election as the recent incidents which point to the existence of corruption in the country. However, Klotz clarified that rankings are based on perceptions by businesses and experts, not actual cases of corruption.

TI Chair Huguette Labelle said in a statement, "At a time when massive stimulus packages, fast-track disbursement of public funds and attempts to secure peace are being implemented around the world, it is essential to identify where corruption blocks good governance and accountability, in order to break its corrosive cycle."

Countries that got scores below five are perceived to be highly corrupt, while those closer to 10 are thought to have low levels of corruption. Majority of the 180 nations included in the 2009 index got below five scores.

Topnotcher New Zealand got a 9.4 score, eighth placer Canada secured 8.7, while Somalia scored 1.1.