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Why this backbench MP is lobbied more than most ministers

By Samantha Wright Allen      

First-term bilingual MP Francis Drouin has ranked as the fourth most lobbied MP in 2017, which observers say is thanks to his francophone riding’s rural roots and the Liberal’s committee work.

Liberal MP Francis Drouin's eastern Ottawa rural riding coupled with his work on the House Agriculture Committee helped make him the most lobbied backbench MP of 2017. The Hill Times file photograph
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Canada’s most-lobbied backbench MP in 2017, Francis Drouin, is a “rising star” who's developed a reputation as a rural champion, say lobbyists. Mr. Drouin’s 136 communications posted to the lobbyist registry in 2017 are connected to agriculture, tied to his work on the House Agriculture Committee and the interests of his Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, Ont., constituents. A Hill Times analysis of more than 35,000 records filed to the lobbyists’ registry in 2017, as of Jan. 17, show Mr. Drouin as

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