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Lobbyists eye caucus retreats, but jury’s out on how useful, appropriate it is for GR folks to attend

By Derek Abma      

Despite a history of lobbyists being around for such functions, Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux, parliamentary secretary to the government House leader, says they might be ‘wasting time’ heading out to the Liberal retreat in Saguenay, Que., in August.

Lobbyists like Robin Sears, left, and Tim Powers say many of their peers see value in attending summer caucus retreats of political parties, but also say that they're not always worthwhile. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright

Lobbyists say summer caucus retreats of the major federal parties can provide opportunities for them to consult with politicians, though party officials are giving the impression that lobbyists will not exactly be given the red-carpet treatment at this year’s events. Even some lobbyists question how useful and appropriate it is for them to attend the political parties’ summer get-togethers. The Liberals are planning a full caucus retreat in Saguenay, Que., Aug. 25 and 26. The Conservatives are scheduled

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