The most-lobbied staffers last year worked on money files like innovation and finance, as well as the environment, a hot-button issue legislatively.
Ben Chin, chief of staff to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, left; Clare Demerse, senior policy adviser to the environment minister, centre; and David McFarlane, policy director to the innovation minister, right, were the top three most-lobbied political staffers in 2018. Photographs courtesy of LinkedIn and Twitter
Canada’s most-lobbied political aide is Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains’ policy director, a man whose job, as one lobbyist put it, is basically to be lobbied.
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