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End of five-year lobby ban comes with confusion for some Harper-era staffers

By Aidan Chamandy      

Recent confusion centred on whether the ban ends five years after the first Trudeau cabinet was sworn in, or five years after former staffers received their last paycheque from the government.

Lobbying Commissioner Nancy Bélanger, pictured at an event celebrating the 10th anniversary of the office at Library and Archives Canada on July 10, 2018. Ms. Belanger's office has been criticized for not offering clear advice on when the lobby ban actually ends. The Hill Times file photograph

Some former Harper-era cabinet staffers are asking for clarification on the enforcement of the federal Lobbying Act, the 2006 law that brought about a five-year lobbying ban for former public office holders, after ex-staffers got conflicting advice from the lobby commissioner’s office on the exact date on which the ban expires.

Aidan Chamandy

Aidan Chamandy is a reporter covering federal policy and parties for The Hill Times.
- achamandy@hilltimes.com


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