COMPAS Poll/Survey
April 24, 2006

Harper Aces Accountability: Present Government Seen as More Ethical Than Others, Even Somewhat More Ethical than Business

  A Weekly BDO Dunwoody CEO Business Leader Poll by COMPAS in the Financial Post
Policy and Opinion
Business and Finance

Harper earns extraordinary scores and commendations for his ethics package from the COMPAS panel of CEOs and business leaders. The present government is seen as more ethical than other governments. Under the proposed rules, government is even seen as somewhat more ethical than business.

Banning soft money and extending access-to-information law to Crown corporations earn near-unanimous support. The initiative that elicits the most ambivalence is financial reward for whistleblowers, which could incentivize unconconstructive behaviour in the eyes of some panellists.

A small number of loyal critics express concern about needless bureaucracy arising from some of the reforms. A small number of oppositional critics volunteer that they will need a lot more reassurance before they embrace a Harper government.

Business leaders have often volunteered, as did some again this week, that all politicians are inherently corrupt. From this observation, it might logically follow that the best protection against corruption is a regular rotation of parties in power. But this solution to the corruption problem is seen as less effective by the panel than good quality political leadership and good quality media reporting.

This are the key findings from the current web-survey of the panel of CEOs and business leaders undertaken for the Financial Post under sponsorship of BDO Dunwoody LLP.

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