Last Updated on septembre 21, 2016
A new study suggests Canada ranks sixth out of 152 countries and jurisdictions when it comes to human freedoms.
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.
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 such as freedom of speech, religion, individual economic choice, and association and assembly.
Hong Kong, tops the rankings followed by Switzerland, Finland, Denmark and New Zealand. The least free country in the index is Iran while the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Zimbabwe and Yemen are at the bottom of the list.
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