Government of Canada publishes new rules for lobbyists



    OTTAWA, Jan. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the
Treasury Board, today announced the prepublication of regulations necessary
for the coming into force of the Lobbying Act, delivering on one of the key
components of the Federal Accountability Act.
    "Cleaning up lobbying is a key commitment within the Federal
Accountability Act. It is essential to have clear rules to ensure lobbying is
done ethically and transparently," Minister Toews said. "While interacting and
advocating with government is legitimate, it is important that lobbyists have
clear reporting responsibilities. At the same time, Canadians must have access
to information about who is lobbying public-office holders and in what
context. The proposed regulations deliver on both these imperatives," added
Minister Toews.
    The proposed regulations set out the administrative measures necessary
for lobbyists to comply with the new registration requirements under the
Lobbying Act, including the types of lobbying communications that must be
registered in monthly returns.
    An additional set of regulations prescribe certain positions, including
those in the Canadian Forces and the Privy Council Office, as being occupied
by designated public office holders under the Lobbying Act. Officials
occupying these positions will join hundreds of others already included under
the new Lobbying Act provisions. The new regulatory and statutory provisions
on lobbying will be administered by the new Commissioner of Lobbying upon
coming into force.
    The changes brought by the Lobbying Act will give the new Commissioner of
Lobbying the independence and necessary powers to ensure that lobbying is done
in a transparent and ethical way.
    Furthermore, Canadians will have easy access, through the Internet, to
information about lobbying activities. They will be reassured that former
senior public officials do not use their personal connections to obtain
special favours from government once they leave office, and that conflict of
interest situations do not arise while they hold office.
    This announcement is part of the implementation of the Federal
Accountability Act. Through the Federal Accountability Act and its
accompanying Action Plan, the Government of Canada has brought forward
specific measures to strengthen accountability in government. More information
on the Federal Accountability Act and Action Plan is available at
www.accountability.gc.ca.
    Regulations are published in the Canada Gazette in two parts. The
prepublication of the regulations in Part I constitutes the consultation
process for the proposed regulations. It is through Part I that Canadians have
a chance to submit their comments on proposed regulations before they are
enacted. Once the final regulations have received approval by the Governor in
Council, they will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II.
    The proposed regulations necessary for the coming into force of the
Lobbying Act are available on the Canada Gazette Web site at
www.canadagazette.gc.ca.

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For further information:

For further information: Mike Storeshaw, Director of Communications,
Office of the President of the Treasury Board, (613) 957-2666; Robert
Makichuk, Chief, Media Relations, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, (613)
957-2391; TTY (Telecommunications device for the hearing impaired): (613)
957-9090; This news release is available online at: www.tbs-sct.gc.ca.


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