August 18, 2015 5:58 am

Canada places sixth on global freedom index: study

A woman takes a photograph while holding a Canadian flag as a group of 61 new Canadians take the oath of citizenship during a citizenship ceremony held as part of Canada Day celebrations in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday July 1, 2009.


TORONTO – A new study suggests Canada ranks sixth out of 152 countries when it comes to human freedom while its southern neighbour is 20th.

The index, compiled by the Fraser Institute and public-policy think-tanks in Germany and the United States, uses 76 indicators of personal, civil and economic freedoms.

Hong Kong tops the rankings followed by Switzerland, Finland, Denmark and New Zealand rounding out the top five. Other notable countries are Australia in seventh place, the United Kingdom in the ninth position and Germany in 12th place.

The least free country in the index is Iran. The Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Zimbabwe and Yemen round out the bottom five.

According to the data, Canada scores well on security and safety, the rule of law and economic freedom which is based on personal choice, trade openness, freedom to compete, security of private property and judicial independence.

Study editor Fred McMahon says the goal of the index is to measure the degree to which people are free to enjoy classic civil liberties – freedom of speech, religion, individual economic choice, and association and assembly.

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