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Human Freedom Index: Canada 6th Freest Country, US Only 23rd

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Canada ranks sixth overall while the United States continues to decline — this year dropping to 23rd — in the Human Freedom Index, released today by the Fraser Institute and a network of international public policy think-tanks.

The index — which uses 79 indicators of personal, civil and economic freedoms to rank 159 countries and jurisdictions around the world — includes rankings from 2008 to 2014, the most recent year of available data.

Since 2014, the federal government, and provincial governments in Alberta and Ontario, have introduced legislation and regulations that encroach on economic freedom, which could affect Canada’s human freedom ranking in the coming years.

“Canadians are generally free to enjoy civil liberties such as freedom of speech and religion, and women’s rights, but the more government hampers our ability to trade and conduct business openly, the less free we become,” said Fred McMahon, Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom at the Fraser Institute and editor of the study.

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