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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Groups say they're pleased to see Ottawa picking up the pace, while the Ontario Native Women’s Association says its exclusion 'makes zero sense' and means some women will fall through the cracks in the conversation.
'All Joe [Biden] had to do last night was show up,' says former prime minister Brian Mulroney. 'He showed up, and he did better than that, he performed quite well. Not in a superior fashion, but quite well.'
Manitoba Senator Patricia Bovey is pushing to see more diversity represented in the art hanging throughout the building the Upper Chamber calls home, calling the new display the ‘first iteration’ of those efforts.
The efforts of the Ottawa Group were part of just a select few foreign policy priorities mentioned during the Throne Speech, ahead of a 'disappointing' move by the U.S. to appeal a WTO softwood lumber ruling.
New PBO figures do not capture the possibility of any new government programs, and work off the assumption that there will be a 'gradual' relaxing of public health restrictions within the next 12 to 18 months.