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Lobbying isn’t a dirty word, it can be the key to trust

By Tom Chervinsky      

True solutions will only emerge when we acknowledge that no one perspective has every answer.

The Office of the Commisioner of Lobbying held an event on July 10, 2018, at the Library and Archives Canada to celebrate 10 years in operation. For some, the term ‘lobbyist’ has become a dirty word, conjuring up images of greasy men with envelopes of cash making backroom deals against the best interests of the people, writes Tom Chervinsky. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

For some, the term ‘lobbyist’ has become a dirty word, conjuring up images of greasy men with envelopes of cash making backroom deals against the best interests of the people. This caricature, useful for television drama and populist demagoguery, does more than unfairly smear an entire profession. It tears at a vital bond in our society. In a world where trust in government, business, and non-profits are at an all-time low, government relations experts and public affairs must play a role in rebuilding our social fabric.

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