OK; I'm going for the Readers Digest version here...
CSA rules our lives up here. It's similar to your UL but a lot more insidious.
Rumours of (alleged) rampant corruption have swirled around them for decades...I first heard of them in the early 80's.
Basically the complaints have focused on (alleged) blatant extortion; pay to play.
So, who is this P.S. Knight, you ask?
For about as long as I can remember he published a handbook which explains and diagrams the basic principles of the Canadian Electrical Code, or at least that portion which is of interest to homeowners etc.
An excellent publication by the way.
Well CSA got their knickers in a knot and threatened him with draconian legal action. They claimed that they OWNED the Electrical Code. Imagine Knight's surprise as he'd contributed significant content to the Code, believing the CSA was a Public body, part of the Cdn. Gov't.
Long story short; don't p*ss off the Knights! He went after them like a wolverine and has exposed the (alleged) corruption for everyone to see. Some heads have rolled at CSA, but they're still a buffalo herd heading for the jump.
P.S. Knight passed away a while back but his son has continued the battle and with these latest rulings has exposed the politicians who have been covering for the CSA. This is just getting bettern' better!
The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has also been left exposed over some very dubious decisions re the CSA. Pass the popcorn, please.