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Lobbyists not interested in registering how much they’re paid to lobby

By Derek Abma      

With a statutory five-year review of the Lobbying Act due in 2017, who should be considered a lobbyist and whether lobbying spending should be disclosed, are among the issues that could come up.

Lobbyists, political players, and politicians, pictured at the annual Hope Live charity fundraiser in Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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Canada's outgoing lobbying commissioner says transparency would be increased if lobbyists registered specific hours of lobbying, but lobbyists say they're not interested in disclosing how much they're paid. With a five-year review of the Lobbying Act due this year, it remains to be seen what emerges as new recommendations in terms of the level of detail lobbyists should have to disclose and even who should be recorded in the federal registry as a lobbyist. Different rules in different jurisdictions

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