One in five executives believe bribery is widespread in Canada

Only 4% have been asked for a bribe


One in five Canadian executives believes bribery or corrupt practices occur widely in business in this country, according to a new survey by Ernst & Young.

That compares favorably with a global rate of 38%, but it’s still not good enough says Mike Savage, an Ernst & Young partner and Canadian Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services Leader. “I think many of us as Canadians would look at a number of 20% — one in five — and that’s still too high for the standards we set ourselves,” he said.

This graph shows how executives around the world perceive corruption, so expresses the global average. The Canadian figure is not included in the report but Savage provided me with the details about our homegrown perceptions of bribery and corruption in a phone interview.

E&Y 13th Global Fraud Survey

In 2012, only 14% of Canadian executives reported believing that corrupt practices happen in business. Savage says the increase may be due to a number of high-profile corruption cases in the interim. “It’s speculative, but I think the issue of corruption has received a lot more attention over the last two years — all the publicity and press around law enforcement activity,” he explains. “I think that has fed into the perception that perhaps things are not as good as we believed they were two years ago.”

Four per cent of Canadian executives reported asking to be paid a bribe in a business situation, versus a global rate of 7%, while 10% had been asked to make a charitable contribution by a customer or client, compared to 20% worldwide.

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Savage says the discrepancy between the perceived prevalence of bribery and executives’ own experience of it may be down to stories circulating in the industry or post-bid analysis that identifies competitors corrupt practices as the reason for a successful tender.

Sour grapes may also be a factor, he admits. “It’s easier to believe that somebody else won the contract not because their price was better or their product was better, but because the playing field was not level.”

The report notes that Canada has recently amended its anti-corruption regime, which may act to reduce that one-in-five number two years hence.

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6 comments on “One in five executives believe bribery is widespread in Canada

  1. Corruption in Canada can only grow as the country becomes less “anglosaxon”. In Quebec we all know corruption is endemic because too many French Canadians somewhow find it normal or inevitable.

    Earlier inmigration into Canada, perhaps up to1960-1970 , understood that the only way to become a true Canadian was by accepting the values and rues of the anglosaxons, keeping ethnicity and cultural values to food and cultura but at the level of family and friends. Everyone accpeted the country should be managed basically by the anglos but offering opportinuies for others as they became “anglosaxonized” in their civic values, respect for the law and its application, etc.

    In the 70s-80s, multiculturalism became fashionable. All cultures have equal value, therefore people stop assimilating. The result is the values of inmmigarnts and many who have been in the country for years started to infiltrate public institutiosn and business at all leves. THis meant that the values of people coming from countries who never knew the rule of law, at least not in their recent history started to infiltrate the ways public insitutions and business are run and interact. People from Esater Europe, both non-Jews and Jews. Central Europeans (Germany and Austria), Southern Europeans, Orientals, Arabs, Africans and Latin Americans hve progressively acquire more influence in Canada but without assimilation of even “deaassimilating”.

    The deterioration is the natural consequance. What else can people do than to reproduce thevalues of their old country if you tell them their values are just as good as anglo values to sustain democracy, the rule of law, a minimum of fair play, etc.?

    Unfrtunately, as anglo rule recedes the country will deteriorate faster, in the end Canada will cease to be the land of opportinity and just a messy country with more corruption, loss of social cohesion and lower standard of living. The US is further along the process of deterioration.

    Any idiot can see Canada has been, still is but less, an atractive place to inmigrate to because the anglos do know how to set up democratics, prosperous and reasonable fair societies and even have the ability to correct its own errors in afairly reasonable way; abolishing slavery and discrimination against blacks. Unfortunately the process of civil rights which was fair and right in many ways somewhere along the line turned into a process to discredit anything “anglo” in the US and also in Canada.

    The rest is commentary.

    Unfortunately, the Anglos have been unable to resist fro fear of being labelled racist.

    How can the situation be corrected? Very difficult because current laws and practices are already startin to reflect “multicultural values” and do not believe there are a sufficiente number of non-anglos who understand their own prosperity is in peril as the country becomes less “anglo”. If the anglo world (including non-anglo Canadians who have assimilated the anglo values of the rule of law, etc.) were somehow able to articulate a political program that persuades a majority of Canadians, anglo and non-anglo, of the need to go back to how the country was run under “anglo rule”, (without some of the racist “touches” sometimes such rule had, things could be turned around. Otherwise Canada, and the US will look more and more like Brazil, Mexico, Eastern Europ, China, Africa, the Arab World, etc., unfortunately a common “value” in corruption and lack of understanding of the rule of law, much less applying it.

    I do not want to live in this “multicultural Canada”, just like I would not be in a Canada run by Germans.