Yesterday, the Government of Canada formally responded to the May 14, 2012 Parliamentary Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics report with respect to the Statutory Review of the Lobbying Act. Under the Act, a review is required every five years. While “concluding the Act is generally working well in accordance with its objectives,” the Committee had issued eleven recommendations for changes to the Lobbying Act. In response the Government of Canada, without indicating it would pursue any immediate legislative action to modify the Act, addressed each of the committee’s recommendations. In doing so it emphasized its desire to “improve the transparency and accountability aims of the legislation while maintaining balance amongst the Act’s objectives.”
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