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Lobbyists seek clarity after watchdog warns political statements risk contravening code

By Samantha Wright Allen      

‘This may keep individuals from participating in the political process,' says Ottawa lobbyist Scott Thurlow.

Lobbyists, politicians, staffers, and journalists mingle at The Hill Times' All-Politics Party in June 2017. Last month, the federal lobbying commissioner gave lobbyists new guidelines. Photograph courtesy of Paul Lauzon

New guidance for lobbyists around expressing their personal political views has some questioning whether it encroaches on their rights to free expression, and calling for clarity from the sector watchdog that put forward the advice. Others say the new warning is good for public trust and a healthy exercise for lobbyists to consider.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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