The Federal Accountability Act, the Conflict of Interest Act and new federal lobbying rules: implications for corporate CEOs and everyone doing business or communicating with the federal government

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Strategic Counsel Bulletin
April 2006


On April 11, 2006, Canadian Treasury Board President John Baird introduced Bill C-2, the Federal Accountability Act, in an effort to implement one of the key elements of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's campaign platform: to restore Canadians' trust in government and political institutions. The long title of the bill, An Act providing for conflict of interest rules, restrictions on election financing and measures respecting administrative transparency, oversight and accountability, reflects the extensive reach of the legislation into a number of areas important to those who communicate with the federal government in relation to business matters.