On Tuesday, lobbyists registrar David Loukidelis told the opposition he has been "in communication" with Attorney General Wally Oppal about flaws in the Lobbyists Registration Act. And now Mr. Loukidelis has released a copy of that communication, in which he urges Attorney General Oppal to make a number of amendments to the act "at the earliest opportunity." Among them: a requirement for public officials to "verify that a lobbyist is registered and to verify the intended outcome of the communications." According to Mr. Loukidelis, the standard of conduct for such officials should "encompass some level of responsibility to ensure that they only meet with registered lobbyists." As expected, Mr. Loukidelis also recommends the government "provide the registrar with specific powers to conduct administrative investigations into LRA compliance and to make it an offence to obstruct the registrar."
October 8, 2008