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Winnipeg ranks low on government transparency, performance: think-tank

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When it comes to transparency and performance, Winnipeg’s local government has some work to do.

That according to the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, which released its seventh annual local government performance index this morning. The report ranks the Top 100 Canadian cities on their financial transparency over the 2012 fiscal calendar.

Winnipeg ranked in a tie for 47th in the index, alongside Montreal, Que., Moncton, N.B., a pair of communities in Alberta (Grand Prairie and Wood Buffalo) and six Ontario municipal jurisdictions (Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Waterloo, Windsor and Sault Ste. Marie).

Other prairie cities performed much better, as well, with Edmonton (tied for top spot with Markham, Ont. and Mississauga, Ont.), Calgary (9th), Regina (14th) and Saskatoon (22nd) finishing ahead of Winnipeg.

Based on past performances, the Manitoba capital is on a slide in the Frontier index: last year, Winnipeg ranked 31st out of 100 markets.

According to the Frontier Centre, the local government performance index not only measures the financial transparency of local governments but also uses an extensive database of financial data from each municipality to calculate absolute per person and per household efficiency -- everything from taxes and debt levels to spending on transport and salaries.

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