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Canada’s lobbying office turns 10, ex-Conservative MP running for mayor

By Shruti Shekar      

Former Conservative MP Joe Preston throws his hat into the St. Thomas, Ont., mayoral race, and Devin McCarthy, former PCO staffer, joins government relations firm Sussex Strategy Group.

Former lobbying commissioner Karen Shepherd, left, with Lobbying Commissioner Nancy Bélanger, and the first-ever lobbyist registrar Michael Nelson. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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