Adaptability and a large Rolodex made the difference for those seeking access and influence as conversations migrated online over Zoom, say lobbyists.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Dec. 7, 2020, and his government have taken an outsized role in the lives of Canadians, thanks to an unprecedented level of spending in response to the pandemic. The record level of spending has also been accompanied by a rise in lobbying activity. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The pandemic may have indefinitely suspended most in-person lobbying campaigns and social engagements, but lobbyists say they’re busier than they’ve ever been.
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CSC says the external reviewers act as a ‘key safeguard’ to the new ‘structured intervention unit' approach, but the researchers say it's precisely that ‘legitimacy’ the oversight lends that makes its failure a problem.
Pressure is mounting on the Canadian government to back the waiver as it has received support from the U.S. and more than 30 Liberal MPs are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to champion the initiative.