Fasken Martineau DuMoulin’s Dan Brock lobbying the federal government to clarify Customs Act tariff 9948.
But despite the protests, Tom Flanagan says that aboriginal issues remain where they started before the Idle No More movement.
Canada’s natural resources is expected to be worth $600-billion over the next decade.
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.
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.
There are some 5,000 registered lobbyists, but they say the rules still aren’t clear and they’re getting a bad rap.
Time to deal with copyright issue ‘Canada’s intellectual property protection currently ranks behind Botswana’: lobbyist Geoff Norquay.
Even the definition of lobbying should be clearer, as Parliament begins five-year review of Lobbying Act.
Lobbyists say they’re ‘not evil’ and this time there needs to be a real dialogue between government and stakeholders.
Lobbyists can’t be banned outright from participating on political panels, but more clarity is needed on the rules, say political players.
But lobbyists say they want clarification on Charter Rights to free speech and their political activities.