TORONTO—The circumstances around the resignation of Jody Wilson-Raybould have shone a light, and not a favourable one, on the lobbying by SNC-Lavalin. That lobbying by SNC-Lavalin of the PMO and anyone else who would take a call or a meeting about their issue, will inevitably be seen by many to be inappropriate or unseemly. It was not. It was perfectly legal, if all appropriate registrations were done under the relevant and already strict federal lobbyist reporting requirements. It was certainly desperate and tenacious. Nonetheless, it is inevitable that when the dust settles and whatever the political consequence may be, there will be calls to further constrain lobbying of public officials. That would be a serious mistake.
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