Liberals’ lobbying rules motion passes

 CBC News

The House of Commons has voted unanimously in favour of a Liberal motion to toughen lobbying rules in the wake of the Rahim Jaffer affair, but the Conservative government is vowing to go a step further.

The motion calls for the extension of the federal Lobbying Act to add parliamentary secretaries to the list of designated public office holders, and requires ministers and other senior government officials to proactively record and report their contacts with lobbyists.

It comes after last week’s revelations that former Conservative MP Jaffer and his business partner met with Brian Jean, the parliamentary secretary to Transport and Infrastructure Minister John Baird, over access to federal funding for alternative-energy projects.

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