Canada’s Lobbying Commissioner Recommends Amending Lobbying Act - State and Federal Communications

May 2, 2019  •  

Canada’s Lobbying Commissioner Recommends Amending Lobbying Act

Nancy Belanger, Commissioner of Lobbying. iPolitics/Matthew Usherwood

On April 30, Nancy Bélanger, the Commissioner of Lobbying Canada, recommended to the Parliament that they amend the nation’s federal Lobbying Act to improve transparency when the travel of public officials is sponsored by lobbyists.

Bélanger made her recommendation in her report to the House of Commons and to the Senate on her office’s investigation into sponsored travel provided by lobbyists.

The Commissioner found no violation of law related to sponsored travel, but did find a gap in the level of transparency of information disclosed in the Registry of Lobbyists.

“Amending disclosure requirements to include additional information that the Commissioner of Lobbying considers relevant would ensure that sponsored travel is captured as part of the context in which lobbying occurred,” said Bélanger in her press release.

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