During discussions with lobbyists, public officer holders should ask whether they are registered in the Lobbyists Registry. If the lobbyists are not registered, the public office holders should tell them to do so within the time frames prescribed by the Act.
In the event that lobbyists omit or refuse to register, it is good practice to remind them of their obligations in writing and notify the Commissioner of Lobbying via certified copy. The Commissioner of Lobbying has drafted an email template and a template letter in order to support public office holders in the role they play in ensuring compliance with the Act. Public office holders can use the content of these documents for inspiration.
Public office holders should abstain from dealing with lobbyists who have not registered in the Lobbyists Registry within the periods prescribed by the Act.
Strengthening trust through transparency!
For public office holders, respecting the Act brings these benefits:
prevent potential ethical issues;
prevent undue questioning of decisions taken by their public institution;
show that the value of transparency on matters of public interest take precedence over individual interests;
help strengthen trust in public institutions and the people heading them.