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Lobbying needs transparency in the face of foreign threats and disinformation

By Andre Albinati and Megan Buttle      

Foreign influencers and the challenges posed by disinformation must be high on the agenda as we update our regulatory systems.

Former Conservative MP Kenny Chiu introduced the Foreign Influence Registry Act last year. According to McGill researchers, he was among the Tories targeted by a ‘state-sponsored disinformation campaign’ during the 2021 election, write Andre Albinati and Megan Buttle. Photograph courtesy of Flickr/Andrew Scheer

When the Lobbying Act was brought in, one of its key objectives was to bring transparency to an otherwise opaque area of government engagement. In this sense, the act and its regulations have been highly effective. The system provides clickable, searchable information on reportable meetings and lobbying activities with clear oversight and punishments for those not following the law.

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