December 9th, 2015

NDP statement on International Anti-Corruption Day

NDP International Development critic Robert Aubin (Trois-Rivières) made the following statement on International Anti-Corruption Day:

“On this International Anti-Corruption Day, I call on the leaders of all countries to renew their commitment to break the chain of corruption. Corruption is a major problem from which no country is immune. It obstructs progress, slows economic development and undermines democratic institutions and stability.

The magnitude of this problem can be illustrated by the fact that $1,000 billion is paid in bribes each year around the world. In developing countries, the amount of misappropriated funds due to corruption is ten times higher than the amount of development assistance.

The disastrous consequences of corruption will make it more difficult to reach the UN’s sustainable development objectives for 2030. For example, corruption by officials hinders the government’s ability to provide essential health and education services in developing countries.

In 2007, Canada ratified the United Nations Convention against Corruption, the first global treaty on corruption. In doing so, the federal government joined the international fight against corruption. To back their words with actions, the Liberal government must increase the social responsibility of Canadian companies abroad.

As the progressive opposition, the NDP believes that fighting corruption is key to improving stability in developing countries and promoting sustainable economic and social development.”