Guy Giorno, co-author of Lobbying in Canada and a partner at Fasken Martineau Ottawa, says the company may be banned from communicating with elected officials for a month. But that’s probably about it.
“You get a public report, with slaps on the wrist,” says Giorno, who would not comment on whether or not Sinking Ship violated bylaws.
“It is possible, theoretically, for somebody to say, ‘I wasn’t lobbying a city decision. I just wanted to give the city a million dollars,’” says Giorno.
“Most businesses do comply with these laws,” says Giorno. “Even though the potential penalty is light, there’s a reputational damage that can be done if you’re found to have breached the law.”