Principles – Annotated Lobbyists' Code of Conduct
Respect for Democratic Institutions
Lobbyists should act in a manner that demonstrates respect for democratic institutions, including the duty of public office holders to serve the public interest.
The first principle of the Code calls on lobbyists to respect democratic institutions while representing the interests of their clients or employers. Democratic institutions include a democratic political system, the participation of citizens in that democracy, the rule of law and the institutions that support and protect those democratic rights. When interacting with public office holders, their actions should not diminish public confidence and trust in government.
Integrity and Honesty
Lobbyists should conduct with integrity and honesty all relations with public office holders.
Lobbyists should be open and frank about their lobbying activities.
Lobbyists should observe the highest professional and ethical standards. In particular, lobbyists should conform fully with the letter and the spirit of the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct as well as with all relevant laws, including the Lobbying Act and its regulations.
The Commissioner has reported upon several cases in which she concluded that lobbyists had breached the principle of Professionalism. Examples of the types of activities that led to this conclusion include the following:
- For individuals, engaging in activities that require registration as a lobbyist, but not registering as required by the Lobbying Act: (Reports on Investigation — The Lobbying Activities of René Fugère and André Nollet; The Lobbying Activities of Bruce Rawson; The Lobbying Activities of Paul Ballard; The Lobbying Activities of Graham Bruce; The Lobbying Activities of Mark Jiles; The Lobbying Activities of Julie Couillard, and The Lobbying Activities of GPG - Green Power Generation Corp. and Patrick Glémaud and Rahim Jaffer);
- For employees, failing to fulfill an obligation to ensure that any lobbying activity performed by an employee on behalf of a corporation or an organization is properly registered by the responsible officer of the corporation or organization: (Report on Investigation - The Lobbying Activities of GPG - Green Power Generation Corp. and Patrick Glémaud and Rahim Jaffer); and
- For former designated public office holders, who are prohibited from engaging in lobbying activities requiring registration as a consultant lobbyist, subject to a post-employment five-year prohibition on lobbying activity set out in section 10.11 of the Lobbying Act, engaging in registrable lobbying activities: (Report on Investigation – The Lobbying Activities of Keith Beardsley).