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WE Charity highlights loopholes for ‘celebrity’ and secret lobbying, warn observers who call for long overdue review

By Samantha Wright Allen      

'I’m of the opinion that organizations understand the rules so well that we have seen that they will make sure they don't have to report if they don't want to,' says ethics scholar Ian Stedman.

Marc and Craig Kielburger, pictured speaking to the House Finance Committee on July 28, told MPs their interactions with the government did not cross the threshold required for disclosure in the lobbyists' registry. A review of the Lobbying Act is supposed to happen every five years, but the last was in 2012 when no changes were made. Screenshot via ParlVu

Parliamentarians should reopen the Lobbying Act and adopt old recommendations to close loopholes that make secret lobbying possible, say observers and industry insiders, and address concerns that “celebrity” influencers can have an impact and get access with just a few calls and no requirement to report that activity.

Samantha Wright Allen

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


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