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:
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.