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Canada earns low grade for belching pollution [CanWest News Service - Canada]
August 14, 2006
Reporter Mike Blanchfield breaks down Canada's ranking in the Commitment to Development Index and identifies reasons for its 17th place ranking.
From the article:
In terms of foreign aid, Canada also got low marks because it has a high percentage of "tied aid," a practice that forces aid agencies to buy Canadian products - especially food - direct from Canada rather than purchasing cheaper local alternatives.
... In the investment category, Canada got high marks for policies that allow companies to invest in developing countries, particularly in South Asia, where the government has provided incentives for many Canadian joint ventures in manufacturing, said David Roodman, the architect of the index.