In modern democracies, the practice of lobbying is based fundamentally
on the right of any individual to address elected persons to express his or her point of view.
Many democratic states have regulated the practice of lobbying. While being legitimate, lobbying must be practised transparently, meaning that the public is able to know who is seeking to influence public decision-makers.
Québec Parliamentarian have wagered that citizens who are better informed of the choices faced by public decision-makers would play a more active part in democratic life instead of distancing themselves.
Transparency tends to favour better accountability of executives, foster participation in debates and increase the social consensus around decisions that are made.