Canada’s Lobbying Commissioner Releases New Code of Conduct - State and Federal Communications

June 3, 2015  •  

Canada’s Lobbying Commissioner Releases New Code of Conduct

Flag of CanadaLobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd has released the new Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct, providing additional regulation of those attempting to influence federal decision making.

Among other provisions, the new code creates a “sense of obligation” test, prohibiting a lobbyist from lobbying an official where they share a relationship close enough to create a sense of obligation. Additionally, the new code prohibits a lobbyist from providing gifts to a government official, regardless of whether or not the official is being lobbied.

The code’s effective date has yet to be determined; however, it is expected to take effect sometime after the summer.

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