Five-year ban only on being a registered lobbyist, not on lobbying

The ban should be changed into a sliding scale from one to five years that applies to all politicians, staff, appointees, and government officials—with a longer cooling-off period for people who have more power and connections, and a shorter cooling-off period for people with neither. The commissioner of lobbying should be empowered to decide the specific period for each person.

Staffers, journalists, and lobbyists, pictured at D'Arcy McGee's Pub in Ottawa at a party. Right now backbench MPs have the same cooling-off period as the PM, cabinet ministers and senior government officials. That doesn't make sense in most cases, writes Duff Conacher. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright


PUBLISHED : Monday, May 16, 2016 12:00 AM

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