Government Welcomes 2007 Global Integrity Report Showing Canada's Strong Accountability



    OTTAWA, Jan. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the
Treasury Board, today welcomed the 2007 Global Integrity Index prepared by
Global Integrity, an independent non-profit information provider tracking
governance and corruption worldwide in which it ranked Canada fourth out of
fifty-five countries.
    "Since taking office, thanks to the Federal Accountability Act, this
government has made real changes for whistleblowers, cleaned up election and
political financing, toughened ethics rules and improved accountability," said
Minister Toews. "We've also strengthened the role of the Ethics Commissioner;
cleaned up government procurement, polling and advertising; given more powers
to the Auditor General; improved audit and accountability functions within
departments; and toughened the rules dealing with lobbying."
    Minister Toews added: "There are areas that remain in which
accountability can be improved. For instance, our government has put forward
measures to deliver more accountability to the Senate by establishing term
limits, and to provide for elections to choose Senators."
    "We made a clear commitment to restore accountability, and our government
has delivered to Canadians," said Minister Toews. "I'm proud that due to our
strong and decisive actions, Canada ranks in the top tier of nations on
government integrity."

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For further information: Mike Storeshaw, Director of Communications,
Office of the President of the Treasury Board, (613) 957-2666; TTY
(Telecommunications device for the hearing impaired) - (613) 957-9090; This
news release is available online at: www.tbs-sct.gc.ca.


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