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Interest groups eye budget surplus in summer submissions, look to election as leverage

Lobbying of Cabinet ministers declined over five years: analysis

International PR firm Edelman acquires Devon Group, expands national public affairs practice in Canada

Edelman says it has acquired the Devon Group, an expansion that will help Edelman build a national public affairs offering, particularly in government relations, digital public affairs and digital campaigns.

Lobbyists to make final pitches on bills before summer months

Lobbyists looking to give back with new pro bono advocacy organization

A group of young Ottawa lobbyists is launching a pro bono service offering their unique skills on a volunteer basis to organizations that wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford them.

Changes in consulting business: fewer retainers, more competition

Consultant lobbyists are adjusting to a business environment involving more competition, new technologies, and shorter contracts.

Conflict-of-interest report doesn’t address calls for post-employment rule changes

House Ethics Committee doesn’t recommend including ‘apparent’ conflicts in the act.

What do the hired guns make, anyway?

Salaries range wildly, but an in-house corporation lobbyist, especially at the executive level, would usually make more than other lobbyists, exceeding $200,000 with stock options, bonuses and other benefits, and in some cases exceeding it a few times over.

Ritz, Moore most-lobbied ministers last year

Trade deals, telecom lobbying lead to busy year, communications with environment minister drop.

Spectrum auction underway, lobbying fallout continues

Chill prevails in relations between telcos and feds.

Big Three fail to win feds’ support on wireless auction, switch focus to anticipated new regulations, Throne Speech

Rogers, Telus, and BCE registered 86 communications with public office holders in August. The Big Three have 15 registered lobbyists.

Blurred lines on lobbying, strategic advice after leaving public office, say critics

Designated public officer holders are not allowed to lobby for five years after leaving public office. But critics say there are loopholes in the law.

Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba hire Brock to lobby feds to clarify import duties on TVs

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin’s Dan Brock lobbying the federal government to clarify Customs Act tariff 9948.

Oil, banking, mining top three lobbying issues in 2012: lobbying registry

Canada’s natural resources is expected to be worth $600-billion over the next decade.

Opposition MPs say relationship between feds, First Nations at a ‘tipping point’

But despite the protests, Tom Flanagan says that aboriginal issues remain where they started before the Idle No More movement.

Cabinet Ministers' Meetings with Lobbyists, 2012

Ritz most lobbied Cabinet minister in 2012: lobbying registry

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Energy Minister Joe Oliver, and Environment Minister Peter Kent top lobbied Cabinet ministers. Expect the same in 2013.

‘One hell of a battle coming’ on agriculture issues, warn MPs and stakeholders

Fuelled by international trade issues, federal legislative initiatives, and the current beef crisis in Canada, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is the top-lobbied minister in Cabinet.


Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.