The Liberals want Ottawa’s lobbyist watchdog to investigate Couillard for trying to influence government officials without registering as a lobbyist. Talk about a double standard. What about the unregistered lobbying activities of Paul Desmarais?
Couillard wasn’t successful, whereas Desmarais was. Couillard didn’t inflict $35 billion in lost savings on Canadians saving for retirement, whereas Desmarais’ lobbying efforts resulted in a policy that did.
Liberals: If you are serious about cleaning up illegal lobbying in Ottawa, it is incumbent upon you to investigate the following lobbying of Paul Desmarais Jr. He is clearly not registered, since that fact is readily available on the website of the Public Registrar of Lobbyists
Income-trust crackdown: The inside story
Globe and Mail
November 2, 2006:
High-profile directors and CEOs, meanwhile, had approached Mr. Flaherty personally to express their concerns: Many felt they were being pressed into trusts because of their duty to maximize shareholder value, despite their misgivings about the structure. Paul Desmarais Jr., the well-connected chairman of Power Corp. of Canada, even railed against trusts in a conversation with Prime Minister Stephen Harper during a trip to Mexico, and told him he should act quickly to stop the raft of conversions, according to sources.
Liberals want lobbyist watchdog to investigate Couillard
Elizabeth Thompson , Canwest News Service
Published: Friday, June 13, 2008
OTTAWA - Opposition MPs are calling for the federal government's lobbyist watchdog to launch an investigation into whether Julie Couillard violated government regulations by trying to influence government officials without registering as a lobbyist.
Liberal Bob Rae and Bloc Quebecois MP Pierre Paquette both said they think Canada's Registrar of Lobbyists should look into whether Couillard broke the rules when she reportedly tried to first influence Bernard Cote, a senior adviser to Public Works Minister Michael Fortier
Saturday, June 14, 2008
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