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Lobbying activity has spiked in the last couple of months as groups sought to redouble their efforts in the lead-up to the next election, according to the federal lobbyists' registry. Lobbyists filed a total of 3,126 communication reports in October and 1,816 in September, compared to 1,054 in July and 1,157 in August, lobbying records show. Among the groups logging the most contact with public officials last month was the Mortgage Professionals Canada (MPC), which recorded 44 reports,

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Pipeline contractors, charities lead October lobbying blitz as activity picks up

By Beatrice Paez       

Bill Schaper, director of public policy at Imagine Canada, said his group organized a lobbying blitz to push for sweeping reforms that would modernize regulations governing the charitable sector.

Top lobbied cabinet ministers in October and the number of their communications reports for the month: Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi (29); Small Business Minister Mary Ng (24); Finance Minister Bill Morneau (23); Treasury Board President Scott Brison (16); Environment Minister Catherine McKenna (15); Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains (13); Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen (12); Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay (12); Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor (11); International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr (11); Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould (11); Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (11); Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson (10); Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale (9); and Tourism Minister Mélanie Joly (9). The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
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