"I think what any private citizen does is up to them, right?" That was Gordon Campbell's response when we asked him, on Voice of BC, about Patrick Kinsella's refusal to cooperate with a review of his interactions with the provincial government by David Loukidelis, the lobbyists registrar. But, later, when pressed by host Vaughn Palmer, the premier conceded, "I would certainly prefer that he said, 'This is what I'm doing,' but it's up to him, not up to me."
Premier Campbell also made a statement suggesting he might not support Mr. Loukidelis's recommendation that public officials be required to "verify that a lobbyist is registered and to verify the intended outcome of the communication." Asked by Mr. Palmer about his own interactions with lobbyists, the premier said, in part, "I think it's very difficult to say to someone before they come in, 'Are you a lobbyist? What are you doing? How are you doing?'"
As for when the government plans on fixing the Lobbyists Registration Act, Premier Campbell said he expects that to happen "in the new year." In an earlier interview on Public Eye Radio, Government House Leader Mike de Jong said the government intends to introduce such an amendment in the spring legislative session.