April 10, 2014 •
Bill 179 in Ontario Legislature Would Amend Lobbyists Registration Act
On April 9, the Ontario, Canada Legislative Assembly held a second reading of Bill 179, which would amend the province’s Lobbyists Registration Act.
The bill, introduced on March 24, redefines “in-house lobbyist” to include paid directors as well as employees and paid directors whose lobbying duties, when combined with those of the employer’s other employees and paid directors, would constitute a significant part of the duties of one employee or director.
The bill requires a single filing of returns by the senior officer of the employer instead of requiring in-house lobbyists themselves to file returns.
Additional amendments to the filing procedures include requiring returns to indicate whether the lobbyist was previously in public office, what the goal of the reported lobbying was, and to provide the name of any minister, member, or member of the minister’s or member’s staff who was lobbied.
The bill also increases penalties for convictions of any offense from a maximum fine of $25,000 to a maximum fine of $25,000 for a first offense and a maximum fine of $100,000 for subsequent offenses.
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