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Trade and innovation topped September lobbying

By Shruti Shekar      

The government's 'Supercluster' initiative is one link, and trade talks in the Pacific are also top of mind for many lobbyists now.

International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne, left, and Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains were lobbied by many similar groups in September. Experts say the two departments are interlocking, because of their relationship with trade. The Hill Times file photographs
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PARLIAMENT HILL—The staff tasked with implementing the Liberal innovation plan were lobbied the most last month, because “all roads go through” Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains’ office, insiders say. Mr. Bains himself was only the third most lobbied minister, however, with International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne (Saint-Maurice-Champlain, Que.) and Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay (Cardigan, P.E.I.) seeing the most traffic in September. Mr. Champagne and Mr. MacAulay both had 17 monthly communication reports logged to their name, based on monthly communication

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