Senate lobbying up 12 per cent in 2018, Sens. Grant Mitchell, Terry Mercer lobbied most
By Samantha Wright AllenJan. 23, 2019
Senator Grant Mitchell says the interest ‘means the reformed Senate is working,’ while others are reluctant to accept too many meetings.
The top-lobbied Senators in 2018 are, from left: government liaison Grant Mitchell, Liberal deputy leader Terry Mercer, and Independent Senators Robert Black and Diane Griffin. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, file, and courtesy of Robert Black's office
Lobbying of Canada’s Upper Chamber climbed 12 per cent in 2018, stretching past 2017’s already unprecedented figures.
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The Quebec company had extensive access to government ministers and top staffers, and was the only organization registered to lobby for allowing deferred prosecution agreements for white collar crimes.