B.C. unveils the 2 year lobbying ban for top government officials

B.C.’s ruling government has introduced new legislation that would tighten regulations on lobbyists.Under the proposed new rules, former public officials and their senior staff would be barred from lobbying government for two years after leaving their jobs.

Attorney General David Eby said that MLAs who have not served in cabinet are not covered by the new rules,

The new rules, which would be applied through amendments to the Lobbyist Registration Act, will maintain existing fines and penalties.

Those include administrative penalties of up to $25,000 for non-compliance, and penalties from $25,000 to $100,000 for people who are convicted of an offence.

Under B.C.’s existing Lobbyist Registration Act, anyone who wishes to advocate to government on behalf of an individual, organization or company must register with the province.

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