The Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act was adopted unanimously by the National Assembly on June 13, 2002. It recognizes the legitimacy of lobbying and the right of the public to know who is attempting to influence the decision-makers of parliamentary, government and municipal institutions.
When they attempt to influence decisions with elected officials and public servants, lobbyists must register in the Lobbyists Registry and respect the Code of Conduct for Lobbyists.
The Lobbyists Registry (www.lobby.gouv.qc.ca) concretizes the transparency of lobbying activities. The registrations must always reflect the actual lobbying activities in which the lobbyists engage. By consulting the Registry, the public is informed of the lobbyists’ attempt to influence. Before decisions are made, the public in turn may address elected officials and public servants and thus participate in public decision-making processes.
Like the Québec legislation on political party financing or access to information, the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act contributes to improve democratic life and strengthen public confidence in public institutions.
The Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act implements fundamental rights guaranteed by the Canadian and Québec Charters. For example:
In a democracy, the public can exercise these rights effectively only if the transparency of public institutions is concrete.
Access to information enables them to understand the choices the public authorities must face.
See the complete version of the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act, the Code of Conduct for Lobbyists and the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act Exclusions Regulation.
In short, the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act: