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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.

MPs need to address ‘black hole’ in sponsored travel, says NDP MP Angus

But MPs should also not be burdened with rules that force them to look over their shoulders every minute, say MPs.

Feds respond to Lobbying Act review, but don’t scrap controversial 20 per cent rule

‘That’s where the big backroom deals are,’ says NDP MP Charlie Angus.

Nexen registered lobbying over, action still happening behind scenes, say Ottawa watchers

Although the process is closed officially to lobbyists, they will still play a communications role in CNOOC’s $15-billion bid for Nexen.

A primer on new lobbying rules for the City of Ottawa

The registry will be overseen and its rules enforced by the new Office of the Integrity Commissioner who will also act as the lobbyist registrar.

Tory MP’s ‘piddly’ fundraiser donation conflict overblown, say lobbyists Capobianco, Powers

Meanwhile, mining and energy sectors hottest lobby issues last month, according to the Federal Lobbying Registry.


Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 21, 2014
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A platter of smoked fish.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Seal hash martinis.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.