The Government of Canada today announced it is
proposing new lobbying rules, which would add to the current list
of designated public office holders all Members of
Parliament, Senators and the senior staff in the offices of
the Leader of the Opposition. The rules proposed by the
Government are intended to close perceived
We will continue to monitor the situation and advise of
Government of Canada to Increase Parliament's
All MPs, Senators and Opposition Leaders' Exempt Staff
to be subject to Lobbying Act
Ottawa – The Honourable Stockwell Day, President of
the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway,
accompanied by Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, today announced
Government of Canada action to further increase transparency in
Ottawa by proposing to extend the rules of the Lobbying
Act to all members of Parliament, senators and senior staff in
the offices of the Leader of the Opposition, both in the House of
Commons and the Senate. Under the proposed regulations, these
parliamentarians and senior staff personnel would be added to the
current list of designated public office holders.
"It is only right that the activities of all those who
represent Canadians in Parliament be as open and transparent as
possible," said Minister Day. "That is why we are
proposing to expand the scope of the Lobbying Act so that
all members of Parliament, senators and exempt staff in the offices
of the Leader of the Opposition would be subject to the same
requirements already placed on ministers, their exempt staff and
senior public servants."
With the proposed changes, these individuals would be subject to
the prohibitions on lobbying and requirements for reporting by
lobbyists set out in the Lobbying Act, which states that:
Designated public office holders are prohibited from
registering and lobbying the Government of Canada for five years
after leaving office; and
Lobbyists must disclose their lobbying activities to the Office
of the Commissioner of Lobbying, including contact with designated
public office holders for the purposes of lobbying. This
information is publicly available on the website of the Office of
the Commissioner of Lobbying (https://ocl-cal.gc.ca).
"By proposing to expand the scope of the Lobbying
Act, our Government is continuing our action to ensure
Parliament is accountable to Canadians and not to special interest
groups," said Senator Boisvenu.
The proposed regulations will be available on the Canada
Gazette website at www.canadagazette.gc.ca on August 7, 2010.
Canadians will then have 30 days to submit their comments to the
Treasury Board Secretariat. The Government will then finalize the
regulations and publish them in the Canada Gazette (Part
Under the Lobbying Act, lobbying is communication by an
individual who is paid to communicate with a Designated Public
Office Holder on behalf of a person or organization in relation
the development, introduction or amendment of a bill,
resolution, regulation, policy or program;
the awarding of a grant, contribution or any other financial
in the case of a consultant lobbyist, the awarding of any
contract or the arranging of a meeting with a public office
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