Originally Posted by Nexis4Jersey
How bad is the corruption in Canada? I know in Quebec people get murdered over it , but whats the rest of Canada like? From down here it seems rather peaceful and functioning...
In Ontario it is mostly limited to either:
If it is a Liberal government, the Premier creates an agency of the provincial government, operating at arm's length, to do essentially nothing and staffs it with his friends, who all earn $100,000+ salaries
If it is a Conservative government, the Premier half-privatizes government departments by splitting them into a half dozen or so companies operating at arm's length, and appoints his friends to run them for $100,000+ salaries
There is also a third option:
The NDP is elected and all the teachers and nurses start earning $100,000 salaries. Hundreds of provincial agencies that don't do anything are created, but not staffed.
We also have that weird phenomenon where any project started by a previous government is cancelled and replaced with an identical programme when power changes hands. For example the 1990s NDP government planned new highways around my city. The PC government that was elected after them cancelled the project just as construction started, and then made a new plan for highways around my city. Just after construction started, the Liberals were elected, and they promptly cancelled that project then made a new plan for highways around my city. Construction has just begun, which is a good sign that the government is going to change hands so that they can be cancelled again, and then replaced by a new plan in about 8 years. Government's call this "commitment". Those of us who aren't blinded by partisan hackery call it "bullshit".