A Guide to Lobbyist Gifting Rules: Updated Edition

December 2, 2015

An updated 2015 guide to the rules of giving and receiving for federal lobbyists, bureaucrats and political staff and MPs.

Can you invite an MP or bureaucrat to your event or to sit at your table at a reception?

Can you serve lunch to a political staffer during a meeting?

Does a pen or travel mug with your association logo violate federal gifting regulation?

This report will help you navigate the world of gifting, helping you plan a strategy that will not leave you or elected officials in violation of the rules.


 

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Reviews

A summary of the updated gifting rules in the Conflict of Interest Act, Lobbying Act and conflict of interest code for Members of the House.

Guidance on gifts and events provided by the Ethics and Conflict of Interest Commissioner and Lobbying Commissioner.

Archive of Lobby Monitor stories on gifting from 2012 to 2015.

A summary of Bill S-207, An Act to amend the Conflict of Interest Act (gifts), which was introduced in the Senate.

A detailed timeline of review for the Conflict of Interest Act and a timeline of review for the Lobbying Act with House of Commons committee meeting summaries: witness list, submissions and testimony is also included.

Details on the updated, more restrictive, Lobbyist’ Code of Conduct

This live linked document includes a transcribed summary of the Hill Times Special Event on April 28, 2015, featuring a panel discussion on Lobbyist Gifting with Lobbying commissioner Karen Shepherd, Conflict of Interest and Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson, former chief of staff to the prime minister and current partner with Fasken Martineau, Guy Giorno, and former Lobby Monitor editor Yael Berger.

Appendix on rules for Lobbyists engaging in political activities


Table of Contents / More Info

Lobbyist Gifting

An Overview

Guide to Gifting Rules

A summary of gifting rules in the Conflict of Interest Act
A summary of gifting rules in the Conflict of Interest Code for Members
A summary of gifting rules in the Lobbying Act
A summary of gifting rules in the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct

Guidance on gifts provided by the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and Lobbying Commissioner

Gifts (including invitations, fundraisers and business lunches)
Gifts offered to public office holders serving on administrative tribunals
Acceptability of event invitations and tickets under the Conflict of Interest Code for Members
Acceptability of gifts offered in conjunction with lobby days, under the Member’s Code
Guidance on gifts provided by the Lobbying Commissioner
Summary of the Bonner Report


Archives

Confusion on gifting rules, ‘conflicting advice’ from watchdogs, getting ‘ridiculous,’ MPs and lobbyists say
No problem with MPs accepting gifts, meals from lobbyists, former speaker tells committee
Lobbyists worry about ‘chill,’ some MPs still unclear about rules on lobbyist gifts, meals
Politics This Morning: Conflict of Interest, Lobbying acts shouldn’t contradict each other
Bonner case will cause problems for charities, put budgets in jeopardy, organizers say
Bonner case a ‘cautionary tale’ for public officials and lobbyists
PROC recommends changes to Conflict of Interest Code for MPs
Commissioner Dawson recommends introducing concept of“friend”in Conflict of Interest Code
Expanded Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct set to come into force with new rules on gifts and political activity
Commissioner considering changing guidance on political activities
Shepherd proposes new code, ethics rules
Momentum increasing for ‘harmonization’ of ethics rules
Paradis cleared of ethics violation in hunting trip
Bill S-207—An Act to amend the Conflict of Interest Act (gifts)
A summary of the bill
Bill history and activity
Liberal Senator Joseph Day’s speech in the Senate on his bill
A Guide to Lobbyist Gifting Rules

Committee Reviews

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics summary
Review for the Conflict of Interest Act
Witness list
Testimony and timeline
Government response
List of groups or individuals who submitted briefs
Review for the Lobbying Act

Witness list

Testimony and timeline
Government response
List of groups or individuals who submitted briefs
Review of the Conflict of Interest Code of Conduct for Members of the House of Commons

Appendices

Appendix 1: April 28, 2015, Panel Discussion on Lobbyists Gifting
Appendix 2: Political Activities under the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct

Resource Guide

List of useful web links to other government department rules and codes