Lobbying: From theory to practice

January 27th, 2017

While a growing number of expert consultants and organizations want to lobby the decision-making levels of government, municipalities and various public bodies about their concerns, it is important to properly understand the scope of the law governing this kind of activity.

Adopted in 2002, the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act is complex, and it requires detailed knowledge of the procedures to be followed in various situations to avoid the gray areas when making representations to those holding public office.

Last December 13th, BCF lawyers Isabelle Landry and Émilie Nadeau presented the first part of an information session given jointly with the Québec management team of Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

In the first part of the session, our lawyers explained lobbying activities:

  • The main representations or activities excluded from the application of the Act;
  • Public office holders;
  • Registration in the registry of lobbyists;
  • The Code of Conduct for Lobbyists;
  • Prohibited acts and the penalties.

In the second part of the session, the public affairs team of Hill+Knowlton Strategies took a practical approach to lobbying activities:

  • Better understanding the areas of intervention of the provincial and municipal governments;
  • The decision-making process: integrating the political and administrative perspectives;
  • A project: how to prepare oneself to influence decision-makers;
  • The existing forces and the stakeholders.

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