Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Call it The Dobell Act

Applause to the provincial NDP for proposing a bill to limit the lobbyists.

This may have no chance of being passed, but it is a good piece of legislation nevertheless.

The NDP's private member's bill proposes:

- That former ministers, senior political aides and deputy ministers like Dobell be banned from lobbying government for two years after they leave government.
- That anyone convicted of violating the lobbyist law face a lobbying ban of up to two years.
- That public officials disclose all contacts with lobbyists.
- That the lobbyist registrar be given expanded powers to conduct investigations.
- That deputy ministers, like cabinet ministers, be prohibited from accepting a contract or benefit from government for two years after departing.

No doubt Premier Transparency will make sure this doesn't see the light of day.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would call it the Dumbell Act.