Today, provincial New Democrat legislator John Horgan continued his campaign to shut the revolving door between the government relations industry and the provincial legislature. During question period, Mr. Horgan asked Finance Minister Carole Taylor whether she thought it was time to introduce uniform restrictions that would legally prohibit post-employment lobbying by political aides. At issue: as reported yesterday by Public Eye, Minister Taylor's senior aide Max Logan has left to become a government relations and members services director or the Retail Council of Canada. Minister Taylor has said neither she nor her office will have any contact with Mr. Logan for a year - but other aides and senior bureaucrats haven't been subject to the same restrictions. Despite that inequality, though, Minister Taylor continued to remaining silent on whether a law governing such activities is necessary, simply telling Mr. Horgan that "every case is different."
May 3, 2007