Lobbying is a legitimate activity

Since June 2002, in Québec, lobbying is expressly recognized by the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act as a fully legitimate activity. This practice is not only regulated in Québec but also in Canada (at the federal level), in other provinces (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario and City of Toronto) and in the United States.

In a free democratic society, lobbyists play an important role by communicating to public office holders useful information so that they can make enlightened decisions on highly complex issues (for example, the impact of pesticide use on the environment, water fluoridation, the urban development plan, the Kyoto Protocol, genetically modified organisms (GMO), etc.).

For people wishing to express their viewpoints on public interest files, lobbying constitutes a legitimate means of contacting elected officials and public administrators. The purpose of expressing these viewpoints may be to discuss a project at social functions or sporting events. Remember: lobbying is legitimate when lobbyists abide by the Act and act in accordance with the Code of Conduct which regulates them.

Lobbyists who act in a transparent manner contribute to the improvement of democratic life because they make available to citizens information concerning their attempts to influence public authorities

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