The Battle Against Corruption Begins!
by Dimitri Marinis on February 27, 2013 - 6:15pm
Rene Bruemmer from the Montreal Gazette writes about the new anti corruption squad inMontreal on January 23rd, 2013 as well as Sue Montgomery from the Montreal gazette writes aboutmunicipal workers who are “ratting out” their colleagues and the importance of funding these squads onJanuary 31st, 2013. In Roman David’s academic journal titled “Transitions to Clean Government:Amnesty as an Anticorruption Measure” from the Australian Journal of Political Science Vol. 45, No. 3,September 2010, pp. 391–406.
Bruemmer’s article announces the new anti corruption squad to be built in Montreal. Announced on January the 18th, this squad is going to be built up of 20 members that will specificallydeal with corruption; especially that in the construction industry. It’s estimated to cost of 3 million$ ayear, to pay the wages of the officials and rent office space, but it’s expected that the squad will savethe city around 20 million$ a year. Bruemmer says “The Montreal police force has a strong knowledge oforganized crime in Montreal, and of the Mafia and people who associate with the Mafia,” Applebaumsaid. “I think they will do an excellent job”. In Montgomery’s article, she writes about municipal workerswho are ratting out their colleagues. Before the anti corruption squad has even been created,government officials are receiving phone calls that are immensely helping the fight with corruption. TheMontreal chief of police said “I think people want to contribute and give information about what they’reseeing or what they’ve seen in the past”. It’s obvious that the Montreal Police will take any help theycan get in this fight against political corruption. They have set up a confidential phone line for theprotection of the citizens. Parent emphasizes the importance of funding from the Harper governmentconsidering that it made up most of the financial assistance. According to Parent, he believes the antigang squad has made a difference. With 540 arrests last summer and the ceasing of 40 firearms it’s clearthat the squad is making a difference. David’s academic journal belongs to the field of transitionaljustice. He proposes 2 solutions to the problem of anti corruption using Hong-Kong as an example.David says” the factors which lead to the establishment of clean government differ from those that keep government clean. The factors that keep government clean are necessary, but not sufficient, fortransformation towards clean government”. David views corruption as a social problem and stresses thefact that it is social; not an individualistic problem. David also says how “the probability of being caughtis very low”. He proposes amnesty as a solution to the corruption problem.
To conclude, an amnesty would not be an ideal solution to battle corruption in politics and inconstruction. I do believe that David dissected the problem of corruption and made his point by sayinghow battling corruption won’t stop it all together. It must be dealt with from the core and kept up. I dobelieve the anti-corruption squad is a good idea and all the money invested will make a huge difference.As for the “snitches”, the police force should accept any help that they can get, and should accept thetestimonies of the government officials who rat out their colleagues. A pardon or amnesty could beconsidered, but it all depends on the situation and the consequences.