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Appeal court upholds convictions under the Lobbying Act

Ottawa, – On September 11, 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice upheld two of the three convictions of lobbying while prohibited imposed on Mr. Bruce Carson.

The Court also upheld the $45,000 in fines for the two convictions and reinforced that a fine under the Act “must be substantial enough to warn others that the offence will not be tolerated and should not appear to be a mere licence fee for illegal activity.”

“This decision of the appeal court further underscores that the prohibition under the Lobbying Act should not to be taken lightly,” said Karen E. Shepherd, Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada.

The Lobbying Act imposes a five-year prohibition on lobbying on former high-level decision makers in the federal government, called “designated public office holders.”

Mr. Carson has 30 days to seek leave to appeal the Court’s decision. The Office has no further comment during that period.