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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
Friday, September 19, 2014
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.