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The Case for Lobbying Transparency: The Canadian Experience

Lobbying, Government Relations & Ethics Seminar
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"Lobbying is a perfectly legitimate activity that has been carried out for many years in many different forums by a wide variety of individuals and groups of all sorts. However, where lobbying is not transparent, it can undermine public confidence in the decision-making process and its results."
- excerpt from Introducing a Statutory Register of Lobbyists, UK Consultation Paper (January 2012)

Canada possesses nearly a quarter-century of experience with statutory lobbying transparency, and is recognised as a global leader in lobbyist regulation.

The Coalition pledge to regulate lobbying through a statutory register of lobbyists remains controversial. Some feel it goes too far. Others feel the proposal does not go far enough to prevent lobbying from becoming, as Mr. Cameron once predicted, “the next big scandal waiting to happen". The former chief of staff to Canada’s prime minister, himself a leading expert in lobbying transparency laws, will share his insights on this vital issue.

This enlightening address, hosted in conjunction with the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce, will cover the following topics:

  • The case for lobbying regulation
  • Why voluntary measures fail
  • Myths about lobbyist registration
  • Government officials’ shared responsibility for lobbying transparency
  • The case for a level playing field
  • Why client confidentiality must not shield solicitors from lobbying disclosure
  • Loopholes, avoidance and enforcement challenges



  • 8:30am   | Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:00am   | Presentation
  • 9:45am   | Q&A
  • 10:00am | Networking and Refreshments



Register by Friday 7 September