Archived — Previous Guidance on the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct

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On December 1, 2015, the Commissioner issued guidance for lobbyists which explains her interpretation of the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct. Information identified as archived on the Web serves as a reference or for research and recordkeeping purposes only. This information has not been altered or updated following the date of archiving. Website pages that are archived on the Web are not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards.

Guidance for Lobbyists – Rule 8 – Political Activities (June 2015)

Rule 8 — Conflict of Interest (November 2009)

In its decision, Federal Court of Appeal website Democracy Watch v. Barry Campbell and the Attorney General of Canada (Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists), the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the September 2002 Guidelines issued by the former Ethics Counsellor regarding Rule 8 of the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct (Rule 8 — Improper Influence — Lobbyists and Leadership Campaigns) were unreasonable.

The Commissioner of Lobbying reviewed and studied the Federal Court of Appeal's decision and developed the following guidance on Rule 8: