Jun 182012
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Dear Editor,

The Commissioner of Lobbying has continued the partial enforcement
of federal lobbying disclosure rules by finding Keith Beardsley,
former deputy chief of staff for Prime Minister Harper, guilty of
violating the Lobbyists' Code because he lobbied without registering
within 5 years after leaving his job.

However, this ruling highlights just how weak the Lobbying Act is
(compared to the Code), and how weak the enforcement of the law
continues to be by the RCMP and especially the Public Prosecutor
(who makes the decision about whether to charge lobbyists for
failing to register).

Huge loopholes in the Act make it very difficult for prosecutors to
prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the lobbyist intentionally was
paid to lobby and failed to register.

Unfortunately, the House Committee that just reviewed the Act failed
to recommend closing the biggest loopholes (although they made some
good recommendations to strengthen enforcement).

Secret, unethical lobbying of federal politicians and officials will
continue to be effectively legal unless all the loopholes are
closed, and all the Committee's other recommendations are enacted.

P.S. For details about the House Committee report, go to:

Tyler Sommers, Coordinator of Democracy Watch

Democracy Watch
P.O. Box 821, Stn. B
Ottawa, ON K1P 5P9
Tel: 613-241-5179
Email: dwatch@web.net
Internet: http://democracywatch.ca

About Duff Conacher

Duff Conacher, LL.B Coordinator of Your Canada, Your Constitution, is an internationally recognized leader in the area of democratic reform and government accountability. He is a former Ralph Nader’s Raider and co-author, with Ralph Nader and Nadia Milleron, of Canada Firsts: Ralph Nader’s Salute to Canada and Canadian Achievement which spent six months on Canadian best-seller lists in 1993 and was the #1 best-seller for five weeks, and author of the best-selling More Canada Firsts: Another Collection of Canadian Firsts and Foremosts in the World (1999).

© Copyright 2012 Duff Conacher, All rights Reserved. Written For: StraightGoods.ca

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