News Release

Commissioner finds former DPOH in breach of the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct

Ottawa,  — The Commissioner of Lobbying, Karen E. Shepherd, tabled a Report on Investigation today with both Houses of Parliament on the lobbying activities of Trina Morissette.

The Commissioner concluded that Ms. Morissette was in breach of the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct. She determined that Ms. Morissette engaged in registrable lobbying activities while subject to the five-year prohibition on lobbying that applies to former designated public holders.

"Lobbyists have certain legal and ethical obligations to follow when they work on behalf of clients or employers," the Commissioner stated. "The five-year prohibition applies to all former designated public office holders, regardless of the nature of the activity or the end goal."

The Lobbying Act and the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct ensure that lobbying is done transparently and with high ethical standards, with a view to safeguarding public confidence and trust in the integrity, objectivity and impartiality of government decision-making.

Breaches of the Code do not carry fines or jail terms. After conducting an investigation under the Code, the Commissioner is required to table a Report on Investigation in Parliament to present her findings and conclusions, and the reasons for those conclusions.

For more information, contact:

Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying
613-952-4306
media@ocl-cal.gc.ca