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.
Consultant lobbyists are adjusting to a business environment involving more competition, new technologies, and shorter contracts.
House Ethics Committee doesn’t recommend including ‘apparent’ conflicts in the act.
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.
Trade deals, telecom lobbying lead to busy year, communications with environment minister drop.
Chill prevails in relations between telcos and feds.
Rogers, Telus, and BCE registered 86 communications with public office holders in August. The Big Three have 15 registered lobbyists.
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.
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin’s Dan Brock lobbying the federal government to clarify Customs Act tariff 9948.
Canada’s natural resources is expected to be worth $600-billion over the next decade.
But despite the protests, Tom Flanagan says that aboriginal issues remain where they started before the Idle No More movement.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Energy Minister Joe Oliver, and Environment Minister Peter Kent top lobbied Cabinet ministers. Expect the same in 2013.
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.
But MPs should also not be burdened with rules that force them to look over their shoulders every minute, say MPs.
‘That’s where the big backroom deals are,’ says NDP MP Charlie Angus.
Although the process is closed officially to lobbyists, they will still play a communications role in CNOOC’s $15-billion bid for Nexen.
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.
Meanwhile, mining and energy sectors hottest lobby issues last month, according to the Federal Lobbying Registry.