Lobbyist legislation to be fixed in spring

Government House Leader Mike de Jong says the government intends to fix the broken Lobbyists Registration Act in the spring legislative session. Speaking on Public Eye Radio yesterday, Minister De Jong stated, "No one has been - in particular the attorney general - hesitant to a) acknowledge that there are some changes, call them improvements, required (to the act). Some of that work is complex. The opposition will want to characterize it as easy to do. But, if it was that easy, of course one wonders why - for ten years in the 1990s - it never happened. So there's an act there now that's far from perfect. It needs to be changed. It needs to be up upgraded and updated. And that work is taking place. We'd like to have it presented before the house rises in the spring. And that's the intention."

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