The Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act was adopted unanimously by the National Assembly in 2002. Its scope and the decisions it encompasses are vast.
With whom do lobbyists engage in lobbying activities?
The Act applies to lobbying activities engaged in with public office holders...
- of parliamentary institutions;
- of government institutions;
- of municipal institutions.
Concretely, it applies when a lobbyist attempts to influence a legislative, regulatory or administrative decision with…
- the 125 Members of the National Assembly;
- public office holders of some 300 Québec government departments, and bodies;
- public office holders of more than 2,200 municipalities and municipal and supramunicipal bodies.
What types of decisions are concerned by the Act?
It extends, in particular, to…
- decisions concerning the development, presentation, amendment or defeat of a legislative or regulatory proposal or a resolution;
- many administrative acts, such as decisions related to policies, programs and action plans;
- decisions related to the process of issue of permits, certificates and other authorizations or the process of awarding contracts, grants or other financial benefits;
- decisions related to the appointment of public office holders.