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COVID-19 containment, economic recovery expected to drive fall lobbying

Lobbyists will also be keeping an eye on progress on the government's backlog of big-ticket legislation and regulatory reforms this session.
‘Quality versus quantity makes the most sense’ in a constrained period with a lot of moving parts, including a new Conservative leader who should be part of an ‘everyone matters’ advocacy approach, says Jacquie LaRoque.
With 2,002 recorded communications, June saw a dip in lobbying compared to each of the four previous months of 2020, but it was busier than the last sitting month in 2019.
In May organizations logged 1,998 lobbying reports, with economic development, health, and industry among the most discussed matters.
Opinion|Claude Guay
COVID-19 has accelerated the need for digital transformation. More than ever, Canadians need to digitally access personalized services with confidence and speed.
Opinion|Steven Zhou
Ottawa just suspended export permits for Turkey due to its nefarious role in the violent conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. No such vigilance exists for Saudi Arabia.?
Opinion|Gwynne Dyer
Evo Morales' time is up, but the MAS under Luis Arce’s leadership could still win this election, and if it doesn’t then Carlos Mesa will probably become president, which would not be a disaster either. Democracy is not d
Opinion|Brian Forbes
VAC is making a number of positive steps to alleviate the backlog of veterans’ disability claims. But the government has to make this a higher priority, especially during this COVID-19 crisis.
News|By Palak Mangat
‘To help us better prepare for any future pandemic, it’s about addressing health inequities, ensuring that our population is sustained and can be resilient to future threats,’ says Dr. Theresa Tam.
Canada’s most sacred obligation is to its children, yet too many are being left behind. It is morally wrong and a failing strategy to forget that children are the future of our country.
Public Services and Procurement Canada is planning to survey the public on its plans for Parliament Hill, something that wasn’t done ahead of renovations to either the West Block or the Senate of Canada Building.
Opinion|By Nyambura Githaiga
A well-fed world means improved health, more socio-economic growth, and hope for a better global future.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, MPs celebrate thanksgiving with turkey, hiking, and a wedding; and detained Canadians in China recently got their first consular visit in months.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As the IMF-World Bank annual meeting unfolds in screenspace this week, pandemic-widened inequality looms large.
With each side accusing the other of playing ‘hostage’ with negotiations, ISG Senator Raymonde Saint-Germain says it would be ‘anarchy’ to let seats leave with Senators.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
If we were better informed on previous pandemics, it would prevent gaslighting politicians from trying to bamboozle the electorate with apple-to-orange comparisons.
‘The appearance is terrible,’ says former Senate ethics officer Jean Fournier of the Red Chamber's long-awaited new oversight group, which gives Senators a final say on review of their expenses.
Plus, Green Leader Annamie Paul repeats her call for the Toronto Centre byelection to be postponed as coronavirus cases rise.
Up to mid-September, the House of Commons has spent roughly $3.2-million related to COVID-19, according to chief financial officer Daniel Paquette.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Canadian multiculturalism has come to signify racialized Canadians tryna make a dollar out of 15 cents while white Canadians enjoy access to good-paying, secure jobs in industries that haven’t missed a beat.
‘We can do it in small steps and make big impacts,’ says Senator Patricia Bovey of a plan to broaden the Indigenous works the Chamber highlights, and help with reconciliation.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
A Democratic victory on Nov. 3 by Joe Biden would eliminate the gratuitous anti-Canadian attitude favoured by Trump, but the Democrats’ attitude on free trade is mixed.
Opinion|By Robert Ghiz, Tejas Rao
Despite the expected explosive growth in mobile data consumption, 5G networks will be more efficient than previous wireless technologies.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Diversity Minister Bardish Chagger has a couple of new policy and regional affairs advisers on her team.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
For any real change to occur, there have to be reasonable amendments that protect speculative discussions and open policy making, but do not permit cover-ups of embarrassing information.
News|By Palak Mangat
'Everyone wants to get schools open, they want to have not just the essential businesses but some of the other sectors open as well. But as a result, it looks like some of the rebound has happened,' says Dr. Theresa Tam.
Opinion|By Wyatt Schierman
Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter began by marking a break from his predecessors by taking the unprecedented step to?prioritize?human rights in the determination of American foreign policy.

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