With 1,675 recorded communications, July bucked the typical summer trend of low lobbying, instead jumping more than 70 per cent compared to the same month over the last few years.
Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly was the most-lobbied minister last month, followed by Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland.
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The start of the summer didn’t bring the typical slowdown for government relations, with July reporting a 73 per cent rise in federal lobbying as the pandemic response continues apace.
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Elections Canada says number of conditions—the pandemic, the 'minority government context,' campus closures—make the program unfeasible, as setting up those polling stations 'requires significant planning.'
MPs will be able to continue to charge the central House budget for the cost of items like masks and hand sanitizer, or office reconfiguration as a result of COVID-19, until Sept. 30, among other measures.
As of January, $185-million of the $761-million approved for the first five years of work on the Centre Block building and construction of the underground welcome centre, up to 2021-22, has been spent.