The Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists ("ORL") has established an advisory panel of lobbyists to provide input and feedback on the roll out of the new B.C. Lobbyists Registration Act.
The advisory panel represents consultant lobbyists and in-house lobbyists as well as for-profit and not-for-profit entities. Current members include Barbara Kaminsky, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society BC & Yukon Division, Serge Corbeil, Pacific Regional Government Relations Manager, Insurance Bureau of Canada, Kim Logan, Director of Government Relations, TELUS, Geoff Morrison, Vice President, Public Affairs, Hill & Knowlton, Keith Bell, Keith Bell & Associates, and Summer McFayden, Director Political Action, BC Federation of Labour. The ORL plans to invite a representative from a chamber of commerce, as well as a representative from a smaller non-profit association.
The new act came into force on April 1, 2010. Key changes include lowering the threshold of what constitutes lobbying, streamlining registration requirements, increasing the information that must be supplied during the registration process, prohibiting lobbying in conflict of interest situations and giving the registrar the power to investigate allegations of non-compliance and issue administrative penalties of up to $25,000.
"We appreciate the commitment this panel has made to ongoing dialogue," stated Deputy Registrar Mary Carlson. "We are working hard to ensure province-wide compliance with the new rules, and regular feedback from the lobbying community is critical to understanding and addressing any difficulties in the registration process."
For the first year the new law is in force, the committee will meet every three months. The panel will provide feedback concerning outreach and educational matters, sectoral and/or general concerns about the registration process from the lobbying community, feedback on the website and online services and comments on the ORL's policies, procedures and practices. Matters concerning substantive issues of law or ongoing investigations are not within the scope of the panel.
The terms of reference for the committee and the minutes of the meeting will be posted on the ORL website at www.lobbyistsregistrar.bc.ca