Yesterday, the provincial New Democrats proposed "a two year lobbying ban on former ministers, senior political aides, and deputy ministers" as part of the opposition's effort to strengthen rules governing the activity of government relations consultants. So let's give an example of how that ban might work if the legislation - which has yet to be introduced - applies to opposition aides. Last August, David Perry resigned as New Democrat leader Carole James's chief of staff. Six months later, Mr. Perry signed-up to lobby legislators like Adrian Dix, Katrine Conroy and Leonard Krog. Under the New Democrat's proposed law, such activity presumably wouldn't be allowed. Fancy that!
March 18, 2008