Canada to impose tougher lobbying regulations

18:58, August 06, 2010      

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The Canadian government will renew efforts to close loopholes in the Lobbying Act by imposing tougher regulations, President of Treasury Board Stockwell Day said Thursday.

Day told a news conference that the regulations will cover all the designated public office holders in the Parliament, including all MPs, senators, ministers and their staff, as well as senior staff of opposition leaders.

They will all be banned by the new regulations from lobbying during a five-year "cooling off" period after they leave office, he added.

Day said the government does not oppose lobbying, but rules are needed "to ensure that we have an open and transparent process."

The move will require lobbyists to report on their meetings with all parliamentarians, not just ministers and their parliamentary secretaries.

Day said the government will publish the regulations Saturday in the Canada Gazette, the government's official publication, followed by a 30-day period for public or parliamentary comment before enacting the proposed changes.

Source: Xinhua


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