According to a recent survey, many people believe the government is doing an “ineffective” job of keeping graft in check, and almost half say it’s on the rise.The survey also says Canadians see political parties as the most corrupt of 14 institutions named, but business and the media are not much better. Tax revenue authorities are the cleanest.
The findings are contained in Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer 2007, released Thursday in Berlin. While the organization also issues an annual country ranking based on expert analyses, the “barometer” gauges people’s personal perceptions and experiences of corruption.
People’s perception that the government is doing little, therefore, is “based on prosecution of headline cases, not the work of anti-corruption commissions or the relative success of anti-corruption strategies.”
One can only conclude that political corruption is interfering with the basic right to equal treatment under the law.