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Commissioner of Lobbying finds two lobbyists in breach of the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct
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Ottawa, December 12, 2011 — The Commissioner of Lobbying, Karen E. Shepherd, tabled her Report on Investigation today in both Houses of Parliament on the activities of Patrick Glémaud and Rahim Jaffer.
The Commissioner concluded that Mr. Glémaud and Mr. Jaffer were in breach of the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct. Her Report on Investigation is centered primarily on their attempts to obtain federal government funding in 2009 on behalf of their company, GPG-Green Power Generation Corp.
"Green Power Generation was a commercial enterprise established with the intention of generating revenue. Although Mr. Glémaud and Mr. Jaffer were not successful in securing more than $178 million in government funding that they were seeking, their activities required registration," the Commissioner stated. "This report shows that registration is required even if the desired outcome is not achieved."
The Commissioner examined 10 different allegations concerning Mr. Glémaud and Mr. Jaffer as in-house lobbyists on behalf of Green Power Generation and as consultant lobbyists. She concluded they had breached the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct in five of the allegations.
The purpose of the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct is to assure the Canadian public that lobbying is done ethically and with the highest standards, with a view to increasing public confidence and trust in the integrity, objectivity and impartiality of government decision-making.
Breaches of the Code carry no fines or jail terms. After conducting an investigation under the Code, the Commissioner is required to table a Report to Parliament to present her findings and conclusions, and the reasons for those conclusions.
Please consult the report for further details.
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