Lobbying follows the money

British Columbia's lobbyists registrar has provided a snapshot of where the money is in government - or, at the very least, where the business community thinks it is. According to registrar Elizabeth Denham's recently released annual report, much of the lobbying that happens in British Columbia - 23 percent worth - is focused on healthcare issues.

That includes everything from drug companies looking to get their products covered by the province's PharmaCare program to firms wanting to provide information technology solutions and equipment to the healthcare system.

Another 34 percent of lobbying focused on environmental or energy issues. That reflects the role of government in approving resource development in British Columbia, as well as the push to tap into the northeast's natural gas fields.

Other lobbying subject matters of less importance include financial institutions, forestry, taxation and finance, as well as insurance.

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