Every year, the group Transparency International releases its Corruption Perception Index, which measures the perception of corruption – misuse of public resources, bribery, and backdoor deals, to name a few – in countries worldwide. On a scale of 0 (most corrupt) to 10 (least corrupt), no country scores a 10 and more than two-thirds of the 183 countries on the index score below a 5. The US comes in at 7.1. The index is built using data from surveys examining enforcement of anticorruption laws, tracking of public funds, kickbacks in government contracts, etc.
Petronas, Malaysia's state-owned energy giant, announced Sunday it will invest $35 billion in the Canadian liquefied natural gas industry. British Columbia's government hopes to use the revenue generated by projects like this to pay down the province’s debt and to establish a prosperity fund to bank energy-related revenue.
With the US unable to commit, Canada is looking to China and India to sell it's vast oil and gas resources.
With the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline up in the air, the company behind the controversial pipeline is pushing forward with a separate pipeline to refineries in Canada.
Any protest movement that insists on a leaderless, non-ideological approach to political change is unlikely to accomplish much.