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Canada’s most-lobbied staffers drive policy tied to federal purse

By Samantha Wright Allen      

There are no surprises with the most lobbied in government, with Innovation, Finance and Infrastructure policy advisers seeing the most communications with stakeholders.

Mathieu Bélanger, director of policy for Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, Ian Foucher, deputy director of policy for Finance Minister Bill Morneau, and David McFarlane, director of policy for Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains are the most lobbied staffers in 2017. Photographs courtesy of Facebook, LinkedIn

Canada's top-lobbied political staffers have "panache," and are "affable" and "rigorous," according to those who've sat down with the men who are the government's most-sought officials based on communications reports filed in the federal lobbying registry this year. The three most in-demand staffers are all policy advisers to ministers in important departments connected to Liberal platform promises and potential funding, observers say, namely innovation, finance, and infrastructure. The two advisers with the busiest dance cards have had over

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