Willful ignorance to be enshired in law

Last year, in a letter to then attorney general Wally Oppal, lobbyists registrar David Loukidelis recommended public officials be required to "verify that a lobbyist is registered and to verify the intended outcome of the communication." But the government didn't just reject that recommendation in its fix to the Lobbyists Registration Act. The amendment actually specifically states, "For greater certainty, nothing in this Act requires a public office holder to verify whether any person who is or may be lobbying the public office holder has acted in accordance with this Act." Fancy that!

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