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Canada’s chief NAFTA negotiator Steve Verheul most lobbied federal bureaucrat

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Steve Verheul is deemed accessible and inclusive by industry stakeholders actively watching NAFTA talks.

Steve Verheul, pictured in Brussels in 2015, is known for his open-door policy with stakeholders, taking questions and hearing concerns. Lobbying communication reports show he's the fourth most-lobbied federal official in Canada this year. Photograph courtesy of the European Union

In the midst of breakneck North American trade talks, Canada’s chief NAFTA negotiator has kept up constant consultations with affected industries, making him the federal government's most lobbied bureaucrat. Since the year began, lobbyists have logged 120 communication reports with Steve Verheul, according to a list exported from the federal registry on Sept. 29. It also ranks him as the fourth-most lobbied person in government, behind three senior political staffers. His 120 reports only scratch the surface of

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