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Lobbying the money man: Morneau draws interest from wide range of government-relations practitioners

By Derek Abma      

Banks, universities, airports, and energy companies are among the groups that have had lobbied Bill Morneau since he became Finance minister.

Anyone need anything? Finance Minister Bill Morneau has seen his fair share of lobbying since coming to office. A look through the federal lobbyists registry shows there have been 105 communication reports filed for contact with Mr. Morneau since he took office in November 2015 up until the early part of last month, making him one of the most heavily lobbied ministers in the cabinet of Justin Trudeau. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Being the gatekeeper of more than $300-billion in annual government spending—details of which for the 2017-18 fiscal year are to be released in the budget on March 22—it’s not surprising that so many people want an audience with Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

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