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What is lobbying?

Lobbying consists in an oral or written communication with a public office holder in an attempt to influence a legislative or administrative decision. Through lobbying, a person, groups of persons, non-profit organizations or even businesses can influence the public decision-makers of the National Assembly, the government and municipalities.

Lobbyists play an informative role regarding issues about which decisions must be made.Thus, they allow public authorities to make more enlightened and informed decisions. This aspect is especially important in very complex lines of activity.

In Québec, lobbying is recognized by the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act as a legitimate practice. The Act provides a framework for lobbying activities carried out especially with:
  • elected officials;

  • employees of the Québec government and municipalities;

  • officials and staff of certain government agencies or public corporations such as the CSST, the SAAQ, Loto-Québec, the SAQ, Hydro-Québec and the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec;

  • officials and staff of certain non-profit organizations established for the purpose of awarding government funds such as the Fonds de recherche en santé du Québec.
Here is an example of lobbying:
Members of the Association of lama breeders of Québec study a new law concerning the breeding of livestock. Some of its provisions fail to take into account certain restrictions specific to this type of livestok. The president of the Association sends a report on the subject to the responsible Minister to inform the latter of the specificities of this activity and to ask for amendments to be considered.

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