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Lobbyists registry shows Irving companies keeping close contact with federal officials

By Derek Abma      

It’s unclear how much Irving lobbying is related to the controversial review of a supply-ship contract to a competitor.

Treasury Board President Scott Brison, top left, is among the members of the Trudeau cabinet most often lobbied by Irving companies along with Public Service Minister Judy Foote, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, and Finance Minister Bill Morneau, above left, Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, and Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, according to the federal lobbyists registry. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
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The Irving family and their controlled companies, so central to the economy of Atlantic Canada, are also major players in Ottawa, judging by the federal lobbyists registry. Irving companies have been among the most prolific federal lobbyists so far this year, according to documents on the registry. Filing 23 reports in March, Irving Shipbuilding Inc. was tied with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association as being the sixth most common lobbyist of the federal government that month. It had 17

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