Global Integrity, a non-governmental agency based in Washington, D.C., released its 2010 Global Integrity Report today. The news for Canada is that things here are getting worse, not better. .
The report found that while Canada has many good laws in place, the actual implementation and enforcement of them is lacking. In addition, they found a serious lack of accountability in government and the judiciary. Of note were observations on patronage appointments to key posts in government agencies
This isn’t news to accountability groups (or, indeed, to Canadian federal and provincial governments). If anything, we would downgrade Canada even further: the appointments process to the judiciary is seriously flawed and vulnerable to influence by politicians, and Global Integrity overrates our whistleblower protection laws. I suspect that the report was written before the Auditor General’s report on the disgraced former Public Sector Integrity Commissioner (Christiane Ouimet). Ouimet dismissed all reports of wrongdoing that came to her office, many without proper analysis or justification.
The fact is that Canada has worsening problems in its senior civil service, in government transparency, and a lack of accountability in majority governments. I recommend Democracy Watch’s comments on the report to get more detail and to pick up on what Global Integrity missed.… Read the rest