Today, the Honourable Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Pacific Gateway, and Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu announced that our Conservative Government is looking to expand the scope of the Lobbying Act to include all MPs, Senators and exempt staff in the Offices of the Leaders of the Opposition in the House and Senate.
Our Government believes the activities of those who represent Canadians should be as open and transparent as possible. In keeping with a vote in the House of Commons earlier this spring, we are moving forward to increase the transparency of Parliament by proposing to expand the definition of designated public office holders that are covered under the Lobbying Act.
Under the new changes, the definition would be expanded to include Members of Parliament, Senators and the exempt staff from the Offices of the Leader of the Opposition in the House and the Senate.
The proposed changes demonstrate our Conservative Government is committed to making Parliament as open and accountable to Canadians as possible, not to special interest groups.