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Lobbyists get ‘too much time’ in Senate committees, says ISG deputy ahead of back-to-Parliament meeting

By Peter Mazereeuw      

The biggest group in the Senate will meet to talk lobbying, Senate rule changes, and key bills early next month.

Liberal Senator Mobina Jaffer, left, Ind. Sen. Renée Dupuis, Ind. Sen. André Pratte, and Ind. Sen. Murray Sinclair. Senate committees often hear from lobby groups representing the private sector during studies of bills or other issues. Senators are also being contacted directly by lobbyists far more than at any time in the last decade. The Hill Times file photograph
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Lobbyists have been given “too much time and too much importance” when it comes to gathering input for the Senate’s study of legislation at committee, says the second-highest ranking member of the Independent Senators Group, who is planning to raise the issue during a day-long ISG meeting on the Hill on Feb. 5.  “We should be more aware of the intent of some lobbyists, that is to promote a special cause of special industry,” said Sen. Raymonde Saint-Germain

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