Lobbying law expert comments on Alberta Lobbyists Act

    TORONTO, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - Guy Giorno, lobbying law expert and co-author of
Lobbying in Canada, is defending Alberta's proposed Lobbyists Act (Bill 1) as
a strong law that "will place Alberta at the forefront of provinces that have
created lobbyist registries."
    At the same time, he is asking the Legislature to close two loopholes,
including one that would permit individuals to lobby without being registered.
    His comments appear in a submission to the Standing Committee on
Government Services. The full-text of Giorno's submission is available online
at www.LobbyistLaw.ca, under the heading "Selected Presentations and

    Other suggestions by Giorno include the following:

    -   Keeping a controversial section that allows the Registrar to impose
        administrative fines on persons who break the law

    -   Introducing a binding Code of Conduct to require all lobbyists to act
        with honesty and integrity

    -   Making consultant lobbyists individually responsible to report on
        their activities

    -   Resisting the proposal to exempt non-profit entities such as lobby
        groups and advocacy groups

    "This is a strong law of which Albertans can be proud," Giorno says. "But
closing these loopholes is necessary to make the law even stronger and more

    Giorno, a partner at Fasken Martineau, is widely recognized as Canada's
leading expert on lobbying law and has written and spoken extensively on the

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(416) 508-7912

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