February 26, 2021

Canada’s democracy strengthens as world weakens: Report

TORONTO – Canada’s democracy is growing strong for strong political involvement among Canadians, but the global outlook is more complex, a new report says.

Canada climbed to fifth The latest Democratic code of the Economic Intelligence Unit, It ranks seventh in 2019 and represents the highest ranking in the country since its inception in 2006.

Numerous studies citing this report suggest that Canadians are relatively inserted in the news both domestically and in the United States and are interested in politics. For example, three-quarters of Canadians said they would be more or less interested in the 2020 U.S. election. For a poll conducted by the Leger and Canadian Studies Association.

Voter turnout in the 2019 federal election At 67 percent, it was the second-highest turnout in the last seven elections, up from 68 percent in 2015.

But the report cites the WE Foundation scandal as a weak point for Canada. The Liberal government has come under severe scrutiny after awarding a $ 43.5 million contract to the charity, which has ties to the families of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former finance minister Bill Mornio. Mornio resigned in the wake of the scandal and an ethical investigation was launched.

COVID-19 appears to have had a strong impact on Canada’s democratic score, according to the report, which cites government restrictions as dragging Canada’s score into government performance. The report suggested that efforts to “censor” suspects pose serious problems, even if public safety measures such as locking and wearing masks are followed on the advice of public health experts.

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The report notes global concerns that “the withdrawal of civil rights, the attacks on freedom of expression and the failure of democratic accountability as a result of the epidemic are serious.”

Modeling throughout the epidemic shows again and again how targeted locking measures have directly reduced the number of victims of COVID-19 and, in turn, the number of deaths.

Globally, the report says, democracy is going through a difficult moment. Nearly 70 percent of countries have recorded a drop in their overall democratic score. Canada was a foreigner in 22 percent of the countries.

The report ranks among the top 10 countries, with the average global score dropping to 5.37, down from 5.44 – the worst global average since the index began. There are a number of reasons, but the authors of the report claim that government restrictions on individual liberties played a major role in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Only half of the world’s population lives in some form of democracy, and only 8.4 percent live in what is considered a “complete democracy” – a label and balance that reflects countries with stable political cultures, independent and diverse media, and effective checks.

Following the 2016 election, the United States fell from a “complete democracy” to a “defective democracy” and has not yet regained its place. A flawed democracy is a state where free and fair elections are held, but there are significant weaknesses in other areas, such as problems in governance. Other “defective democracies” include France, Israel, Italy and Greece.

Among the last dead on the list were North Korea, which received zero points for the electoral process and pluralism and civil rights, with 2.5 out of 10 for government action.

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