February produced 2,487 lobby records, doubling the slow holiday months as groups organized Hill days and focused on asks ahead of the March budget.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau talks about the 2019 budget on March 20, the day after it was tabled, to a group gathered by the Economic Club of Canada at the Chateau Laurier. Pre-budget discussions drove much of the lobbying in February, according to the federal lobbying registry's latest numbers.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The budget and finance focus of much of the lobbying in February reflected the last-minute push for many groups to get consideration in the Liberals’ fourth and final budget of their mandate.
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