Thursday, January 15, 2009

B.C.'s lobbying laws more hole than net

The promised lobbyist registry was a good idea when it was introduced by the Liberals, and, don't forget, followed the NDP government's failure to do anything to regulate lobbying.
But, as Sean Holman demonstrates at publiceyeonline.com, the lack of effective enforcement means it's perfectly safe to ignore the rules.
After the B.C. Rail scandal, you would expect the government to be keener on dealing with the need to protect the public interest and curb the influence of thjose with political power and money (the two being tightly linked).

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

There needs to be more transparency when dealing with the lobbyist's who deal with government.

What is the government afraid of?

Gazetteer said...

Mr. Willcocks said:

"After the B.C. Rail scandal, you would expect the government to be keener on dealing with the need to protect the public interest and curb the influence of thjose with political power and money..."

Not so sure about that Paul.

In fact, the cynics amongst us that have been paying attention, especially those apparent 'cultists' that still care about the BC Rail issue, might have come to the exact opposite conclusion.

About the government's keeness to curb influence peddling I mean.

RossK

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Anonymous said...

Check the latest poll, Paul -- I think the pundits have weighed in too early on this race. Economy is the lead issue and Campbell's folks know how to drive that to the goal line like no others. I predict darkening skies for the NDP, and if they don't outperform the showing they had in the last race, its curtains for James.