TheLobbyMonitor.ca quotes Toronto and Ottawa Lawyer, Guy Giorno in an article about Fasken Martineau’s ethics and holiday gift guide rules bulletin.
“Guy Giorno, partner at Fasken Martineau, said in a phone interview that the company puts out the notice every couple of years. ‘It fosters better compliance… in our lobbying laws there are two aspects – there’s transparency, and there’s the ethics. Half of the lobbying law is the registration, the forcing of transparency… the second is ethical rules,’ Giorno said.”
“[Giorno] added that whether or not people think particular gifts should be given or not, the decision ins in the hands of ‘very neutral commissioners, and they decide, they are erring on the side of caution, and they say don’t take gifts and not to give them.’”