Laying down the law

Ken Dobell made headlines in 2006 and 2007 after he violated the provincial Lobbyists Registration Act while serving the premier's special advisor. But don't count on his government consultant colleagues to make the same mistake. The reason: over the summer, the comptroller general asked deputy ministers to attach a notice to all government contracts reminding consultants of their responsibility to register as lobbyists if they "fall within the parameters" of the act. Mr. Dobell received an absolute discharge after pleading guilty to violating the legislation.

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