Charity versus profit?

Earlier, we reported Environics Communications Inc.'s Lisa Baiton and Laura Vallis have registered to lobby the Campbell administration on behalf of the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada, as well as Serono Canada Inc. So we phoned up Environics to see find out why a charitable organization representing the interests of the infertile would be sharing two lobbyists with a company manufacturing products for those same individuals. And this was the response from Ms. Baiton, the firm's government relations vice-president: "Our policy is not to discuss the details of the work that we do on behalf of any of our clients." Instead, she recommended we contact the association's president Jocelyn Smith. Ms. Smith has not yet returned a phone from Public Eye inquiring about the matter.

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