Canada is still among the world’s 10 least corrupt countries, according to the latest report by Transparency International, an anti-corruption organization.
Canada gets 82 points out of a possible 100, putting it in 8th place, behind Sweden and Singapore, and ahead of Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
The top spot of the least corrupt country goes to New Zealand, which scores 89, down one point from the previous year. Denmark follows closely with a score of 88.
Finland, Norway and Switzerland also have better scores than Canada in this list, which measures the degree of corruption in the public sector each year.
The corruption index in brief
Transparency International annually ranks 180 countries and territories according to their perceived levels of corruption in the public sector based on expert analysis. The organization then uses a scale from 0 to 100 to score the countries, where 0 equals “extremely corrupt” and 100 equals “very little corrupt”. This year, more than two-thirds of the countries analyzed scored below 50, with an average score of 43.
Canada is generally good in this ranking. The country often happens to carve out a place among the least corrupt. His best score of the last five years was in 2012 when he scored 84 points.
For 2017, Syria, South Sudan and Somalia are awarded the worst scores, receiving 14, 12 and 9 points respectively.
The region with the best overall performance is Western Europe with an average score of 66, while sub-Saharan Africa has the worst performance with an average score of 32.
The organization highlights the progress of Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal and the United Kingdom, which saw their scores increase significantly between 2012 and 2017.
Syria, Yemen and Australia are among the countries that lost feathers in the ranking during the same period.
Press freedom threatened
This new report focuses on the state of world press freedom, presented as a pillar of democracy.
Transparency International notes that the least successful countries are those where freedom of the press is hampered and the security of staff working in non-governmental organizations is not assured.
The organization claims that over the past six years, more than 90 percent of the murders of journalists have occurred in countries with scores of 45 or less.
Transparency International calls on heads of state to put in place measures to promote access to information and freedom of expression.
“No activist or journalist should have to fear for his life when he speaks out against corruption. Given the current crackdown on civil society and the media around the world, we need to do more to protect those who speak up, “said Patricia Moreira, director of operations.