Category: Government & Public Sector

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​Government Fraud and Corruption: Ex-Mayor and Engineer Convicted in Major Municipal Corruption Case in Quebec

September 23, 2015

On September 15, 2015, the Court of Québec rendered a judgment in which it found a former mayor and a vice-president of an engineering firm guilty of several criminal offences relating to municipal corruption. These convictions are a significant achievement for UPAC, the Quebec government anti-corruption unit, created in 2011. After judgment was rendered, the Quebec prosecutor announced that there…

Federal Election 2015: New Contribution Limits and Identification Requirements

July 27, 2015

  With a federal election scheduled for October 19, 2015, recent amendments to the Canada Elections Act will soon be put into practice. The Fair Elections Act (FEA) passed on June 12, 2014, has increased individual contribution limits and changed elector identification requirements.    CONTRIBUTION LIMITS   Contributions to political parties, associations or candidates by persons or entities other than…

​There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch: Conflict of Interest and Ethics Tips

June 17, 2015

  Recent developments suggest that businesses looking to fill tables to charitable or other functions should take caution when inviting public office holders.   This month, Ontario’s Office of the Integrity Commissioner released its 2014–15 annual report, which responds to inquiries regarding the acceptance of gifts by members of provincial parliament (MPPs).    FEDERAL DEVELOPMENTS   On February 26, 2015,…

Lobbying Legislation Changes for Communicating with Ontario and Alberta Governments

January 6, 2015

  Recent amendments to Ontario and Alberta’s lobbying regimes will mean changes for persons who communicate with governments in those jurisdictions. The effective date of Ontario’s legislation has yet to be announced while Alberta’s amendments have already taken effect.     AMENDMENTS TO ONTARIO’S LOBBYISTS REGISTRATION ACT   In August, the Ontario government introduced Bill 8, Public Sector and MPP…

Commissioner of Lobbying Releases Draft Revised Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct

November 5, 2014

  In October, the federal Commissioner of Lobbying released a revised draft of the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct (Draft Code) for consultation. The existing Code provides a set of principles and rules outlining the behaviour expected of lobbyists in Canada. The Draft Code proposes several key amendments. Public affairs professionals and other lobbyists should take advantage of the consultation process…

Bill Proposes Changes to Ontario’s Lobbying Legislation

August 13, 2014

On July 8, 2014, Ontario’s Deputy Premier Deb Matthews introduced Bill 8, the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014 (Bill). An identical bill had previously been introduced in March, but died on the order paper when a provincial election was called. The Bill introduces proposed amendments to theLobbyists Registration Act of 1998 (Act), which are outlined in…

Bill Proposes Changes to Federal Election Laws

April 7, 2014

  Earlier this year, federal Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre introduced Bill C-23 – The Fair Elections Act (Bill), which proposes a number of changes to Canadian election law, including an increase in annual contribution limits for individuals.     INCREASE TO CONTRIBUTION LIMITS   The Bill proposes an increase for annual contribution limits for individuals to C$1,500, up from C$1,200. The…

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