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The country's most-lobbied federal bureaucrats so far this year have their hands on trade, agriculture, and innovation files, according to statistics from the federal lobbyists' registry, with top officials at Trade, Environment Canada, and Innovation, Science, and Economic Development the most in demand. With NAFTA negotiations underway, lobbyists say it’s no surprise that Frédéric Seppey, the assistant deputy minister of market and industry services at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, topped the list. He’s Canada’s chief agricultural negotiator and has

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Trade, agriculture, innovation bureaucrats are most lobbied

By Emily Haws      

Frédéric Seppey, chief agricultural negotiator, Steve Verheul, chief NAFTA negotiator, and Paul Halucha, assistant deputy minister of the industry sector at ISED, round out the top three.

Chief NAFTA negotiator Steve Verheul is the second most-lobbied bureaucrat so far in 2018, which lobbyists say was unsurprising given the ongoing talks about the agreement with the United States and Mexico. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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