Post-conviction prohibitions by the Commissioner

Bruce Carson

Prohibition period:  to
Duration: 1 year

The Commissioner of lobbying, Nancy Bélanger, has prohibited Mr. Bruce Carson from engaging in registrable lobbying activities for a period of one year starting August 15, 2019, pursuant to section 14.01 of the Lobbying Act.

In 2016, Mr. Carson was convicted for having carried out lobbying activities as a consultant lobbyist and as an in-house lobbyist while subject to the five-year prohibition on lobbying as a former designated public office holder.

The Ontario Court of Justice fined Mr. Carson a total of $50,000 on three convictions under the Lobbying Act. Those convictions and the sentences imposed were upheld on appeal. The prosecutions followed a referral to the RCMP by the Commissioner of Lobbying.

Hervé Pouts

Prohibition period:  to
Duration: 2 months

The Commissioner of lobbying, Nancy Bélanger, has prohibited Mr. Hervé Pouts from engaging in registrable lobbying activities for a period of two months starting .

The commissioner exercised her powers under section 14.01 of the Lobbying Act following the conviction of Mr. Pouts for having failed to register four undertakings as a consultant lobbyist.

Having pled guilty, Mr. Pouts was fined a total of $9,000 by the Quebec Court. These convictions were the result of a March 2013 referral to the RCMP by the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying.

James Carroll

Prohibition period:  to
Duration: 9 months

In November 2013, following an investigation by her Office, the Commissioner of Lobbying determined that she had reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. James Carroll had failed to register an undertaking to perform activities requiring registration as a consultant lobbyist. The matter was referred to the RCMP. Mr. Carroll was subsequently charged and, on , convicted in the Ontario Court of Justice for failing to register his undertaking on behalf of La Vie Executive Health Centre. Fined $20,000, Mr. Carrol appealed this decision. On , the Ontario Superior Court of Justice rejected Mr. Carrol’s appeal, maintaining his conviction and fine.

The Commissioner has the authority under section 14.01 of the Lobbying Act to prohibit a person found guilty of an offence under the Act from engaging in registrable lobbying activity for a period of up to two years in duration.

The Commissioner considered a number of factors regarding Mr. Carrol's offence and determined that a prohibition from registrable lobbying activity for a period of nine months was an appropriate length of time. As a result, Mr. Carrol is prohibited from engaging in registrable lobbying activity under the Lobbying Act for a period of nine months from .

Andrew Skaling

Prohibition period:  to
Duration: 4 months

In 2011, the Commissioner of Lobbying received a complaint concerning alleged unregistered lobbying activities undertaken by Mr. Andrew Skaling. An investigation by the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying revealed that Mr. Skaling had failed to register an undertaking to perform consultant lobbying activities on behalf of a non-profit organization — the Canadian Network of Respiratory Care (CNRC). The matter was referred to the RCMP and following the RCMP investigation, a charge was laid against Mr. Skaling on . The subsequent prosecution of Mr. Skaling resulted in a guilty plea on . Mr. Skaling was sentenced to a fine of $7,500.

The Commissioner has the authority under section 14.01 of the Lobbying Act to prohibit a person found guilty of an offence under the Act from engaging in registrable lobbying activity for a period of up to two years in duration.

The Commissioner considered a number of factors regarding Mr. Skaling's offence and determined that a prohibition from registrable lobbying activity for a period of four months was an appropriate length of time. As a result, Mr. Skaling is prohibited from engaging in registrable lobbying activity under the Lobbying Act for a period of four months from .