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.
Conservatives are ‘serious about moving forward’ to enact House committee’s recommendations on Lobbying Act, say opposition MPs.
Lobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd also wants to be able to hand out fines, remove the 20 per cent rule, and list all lobbyists and DPHOs in monthly reports.
Critics also say Canada’s lobbying commissioner should have more power.
U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision on Keystone XL Pipeline opens up more lobbying.
The new office was meant to be more transparent and aggressive on unethical actions in the political system. Unfortunately, high-profile cases such as the Jaffer one only remind us of a public relations ploy.
If ever there were a climate for a productive and earnest dialogue on trade and security, that time is now.
There are some 5,000 registered lobbyists, but they say the rules still aren’t clear and they’re getting a bad rap.
Former South African president Nelson Mandela visited Ottawa in May 1992. The honorary Canadian who helped end apartheid in his country died on Dec. 5 at 95 years old. Governor General David Johnston said, "When history speaks of the very best examples of humanity, we will speak of Nelson Mandela." He's pictured here with former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney.