Canada falling in governance rankings because of Harper majority


mentalfloss
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Canada falling in governance rankings because of Harper majority, report finds

When it comes to good government, Canada is just average, and slipping, according to a new report.

Among the key reasons: the Senate expenses scandal, weakened environmental laws, and a lack of commitment to “evidence-based decision-making,” says a global ranking of sustainable governance released on Thursday by Germany’s Bertelsmann Foundation.

“The word I use is ‘middling,’” remarked Andrew Sharpe, executive director of the Ottawa-based Centre for the Study of Living Standards, which compiled the Canadian scores and analyzed the country’s policies.

Canada placed 20th out of 41 developed countries in overall policy performance, 17th in the quality of its democracy and 10th in governance.

The worst score was on environmental policies, where Canada ranked 38th out of 41 countries, including ones as diverse as Croatia and the United States.

“Environmental policy is the area that has most tarnished the government’s reputation for sustainable governance, both domestically and internationally,” according to a 43-page report that accompanies the ranking. It cited the streamlining of energy projects, weakened environmental assessments and diluted species and habitat protection.

The country also scored in 26th in access to information, where the report found a “reluctance on the part of political and bureaucratic officials to release information that puts the government in a bad light.”


Canada fell further behind in all three categories – policy, democracy and governance – compared to Bertelsmann’s previous report in 2011. Canada ranks much higher in its economic (7th), and social policies (7th).

The report traces Canada’s slide in the overall rankings directly to the Conservative government’s majority election win in May, 2011.

“A strong case can be made that the quality of governance provided by the government of Canada deteriorated somewhat from May 2011 to May 2013,” the report said. “While the government has constructed high quality governance structures and implemented effective polices in many areas over many decades, the actions of the Conservative government since winning a majority … have jeopardized this situation.”


The report highlighted several developments that have damaged Canada’s record, including the $90,000 payment by Nigel Wright, the Prime Minister’s former chief of staff, to now-suspended Senator Mike Duffy. The report said the scandal “had a significant negative impact on the government’s record for probity.”

It also took the government to task for “open hostility” to now-departed Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page as well as the 2011 replacement of the mandatory long-form census with a less reliable voluntary survey that provoked the resignation of Canada’s top statistician.

“Good governance requires evidence-based decision-making and [that] requires high quality data,” the report pointed out.

Even though the crime rate has been declining in Canada for several years, the government continues to push a “tough-on-crime agenda,” the report added.


Canada falling in governance rankings because of Harper majority, report finds - The Globe and Mail
 
Walter
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Some leftard Kraut foundation doesn't like Harper. big effin deal.
 
mentalfloss
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You've been really bitter these days.
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

Some leftard Kraut foundation doesn't like Harper. big effin deal.




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Origin[edit]

For decades, Reinhard Mohn authored numerous books on corporate social responsibility.[4] In 1977, he started the Bertelsmann Foundation to promote alternative forms of social, political and economic order. In 1993, he transferred 69 percent of his shares in Bertelsmann AG to the foundation, making it the media enterprise’s biggest shareholder.[5] Following the will of Mohn, the foundation has been dedicated to European unity[6] and Transatlantic cooperation since its inception.
Activities[edit]

The Bertelsmann Foundation is active in political, social, economic, educational, cultural and health-related issues. It does not provide grants, scholarships or project funding to others, but focuses on researching, publishing and stimulating public debate on its topics. It is active worldwide and has since inception spent around €868 million on nonprofit projects. When Bertelsmann's dividend payment to the foundation fell by a third to about €63 million in 2003, the Bertelsmann Foundation’s budget was drastically cut by €7 million ($8.1 million) from €72 million the following year.[7] The total budget for the 2010 fiscal year was €60.3 million, according to the foundation's annual report.[8]
The Bertelsmann Foundation is based in Gütersloh, with offices in Berlin, Brussels, and Barcelona. In order to open an office in Washington D.C., the foundation created a legally independent foundation, the Bertelsmann Foundation North America, in 2008




We should have such a Leftard foundation.
 
mentalfloss
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Knowledge is the providence of the leftard.
 
petros
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Kick back and enjoy the election gifts this year.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Kick back and enjoy the election gifts this year.

Won't mean **** per capita.
 
petros
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Why should it be? Another $200 million just landed here for freeways. Growth growth and more growth.
 
mentalfloss
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So you agree that it doesn't mean anything per capita.

Well that settles it then.
 
petros
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Why should it when profits are shared? It best to invest where it pays to invest. In the meantime enjoy sitting in traffic.
 
mentalfloss
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What good is a 'thriving' Canadian economy if it doesn't actually benefit Canadians?
 
petros
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You don't get an equal cut of the profits plus transfer payment welfare? For us the gravy comes from our provincial profits that just keeps on going up. If you want in on that, move and set yourself up. What do you have to lose?
 
Count_Lothian
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

Some leftard Kraut foundation doesn't like Harper. big effin deal.

I'm not saying i aggree with you but i really want to enable this sort of thing.

That line was worth everything I ever read by you......Hilrious!!!
Keep Em Comin
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

You don't get an equal cut of the profits plus transfer payment welfare? For us the gravy comes from our provincial profits that just keeps on going up. If you want in on that, move and set yourself up. What do you have to lose?

Like I said, if there is 0 increase in per capita then a booming economy is pointless.
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by Count_LothianView Post

I'm not saying i aggree with you but i really want to enable this sort of thing.

That line was worth everything I ever read by you......Hilrious!!!
Keep Em Comin

Hilarious.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Like I said, if there is 0 increase in per capita then a booming economy is pointless.

Clean up your provincial mess before expecting any investment from the feds or business.

That is what is creating your problems and the rest of us can't fix it for you.
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Clean up your provincial mess before expecting any investment from the feds or business.

That is what is creating your problems and the rest of us can't fix it for you.

Seriously. A good start would be to take your hat out of your hand, put it back on your head and boot the Scandalous Provincial Government to the curb. Why should the other Provinces (Alberta Saskatchewan) have to share their successes with a Province (Ontario) that would rather cut off it's nose to spite its face?

Clean up your friggin act and quit with the ON THE WATERFRONT routine.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Clean up your provincial mess before expecting any investment from the feds or business.

That is what is creating your problems and the rest of us can't fix it for you.

Stop being such an idgit for once and listen to what I am saying.

Regardless of how well the economy is doing, it hasn't increased per capita wealth across the country, regardless of any provincial deficit or surplus.

This has nothing to do with federal transfers.
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by Retired_Can_SoldierView Post

Seriously. A good start would be to take your hat out of your hand, put it back on your head and boot the Scandalous Provincial Government to the curb. Why should the other Provinces (Alberta Saskatchewan) have to share their successes with a Province (Ontario) that would rather cut off it's nose to spite its face?

Clean up your friggin act and quit with the ON THE WATERFRONT routine.


So, you haven't found your forever job in Ontario yet ?
Bitter?
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
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Quote:

Even though the crime rate has been declining in Canada for several years, the government continues to push a “tough-on-crime agenda,” the report added.

I found this quote interesting. So I did a little web search.

You'll have to click the l;ink if you want to watch the video

Here’s the sex offender map Ontario didn’t want you to see | Watch News Videos Online
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Stop being such an idgit for once and listen to what I am saying.

Regardless of how well the economy is doing, it hasn't increased per capita wealth across the country, regardless of any provincial deficit or surplus.

This has nothing to do with federal transfers.

And that is not a fed issue. Clean up your provincial mess and investment will return. Who in their right mind would invest in a province that keeps sinking it's self deeper and deeper?
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

What good is a 'thriving' Canadian economy if it doesn't actually benefit Canadians?

it benifits Canadians that are willing to get out and work. Freeloaders perhaps not so much. Where I am right now there are around 2000workers all making well over $100G a year. That is just one small project. Could be many more projects happening if there were not so many rules and waits for permits and public meetings where every American wih a laptop can hold up job creation in Canada.

Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Stop being such an idgit for once and listen to what I am saying.

Regardless of how well the economy is doing, it hasn't increased per capita wealth across the country, regardless of any provincial deficit or surplus.

This has nothing to do with federal transfers.

It has increased the wealth of everyone that is willing to work. And that is all that is important.
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
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Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

So, you haven't found your forever job in Ontario yet ?
Bitter?

I've had to leave because of horrible management on the part of Liberal majorities.

Wish I knew something about windmills...
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

And that is not a fed issue. Clean up your provincial mess and investment will return. Who in their right mind would invest in a province that keeps sinking it's self deeper and deeper?

Why do you insist on talking about something that is completely different?

And actually, I was wrong.

Per capita wealth has gone up in Canada regardless of how the economy has performed.

It has gone up in Ontario in a population 3x the size of Alberta. If both populations were equal, Alberta would actually have a lower per capita value. Translation: You are still better off living in Ontario.

Also, this proves my main point that benefitting 'the economy' doesn't guarantee the substantial benefit that is advertised.
Last edited by mentalfloss; May 8th, 2014 at 10:39 PM..
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Why do you insist on talking about something that is completely different?

And actually, I was wrong.

Per capita wealth has gone up in Canada regardless of how the economy has performed.

It has gone up in Ontario in a population 3x the size of Alberta. If both populations were equal, Alberta would actually have a lower per capita value. Translation: You are still better off living in Ontario.

Also, this proves my main point that benefitting 'the economy' doesn't guarantee the substantial benefit that is advertised.

Are you high?
 
mentalfloss
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Are you wrong again?

Why, yes you are.
 
petros
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Yup. You're high and so is your horse.
 
mentalfloss
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Feel free to dispute the fact that your energy strategy doesn't significantly improve Canadian per capita any way you like.
 
petros
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Just energy? Nothing else going on eh?
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Feel free to dispute the fact that your energy strategy doesn't significantly improve Canadian per capita any way you like.


MFG strategy and promotion doesn't help anyone West (or East) of Ontario... Only drives up my cost of living when the feds devalue the dollar
 

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