Glen McGregor writes in the Ottawa Citizen today: Lobbyists trying their luck, Talking Points
Amid controversy over the role of lobbyists in this election, the Conservatives have finally acknowledged that a former top aide to Stephen Harper who later became a high-powered lobbyist is helping run the party's campaign.This was news because Lobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd, had cautioned lobbyists that campaigning for parties could constitute a conflict-of-interest.
Harper's former policy adviser, Ken Boessenkool, was photographed by the Citizen arriving at the Conservative "war room" on Lancaster Road in Ottawa's east end Monday morning. He had an ID pass and lanyard around his neck. Later in the day, the party said Boessenkool was a member of senior campaign staff involved in "overall messaging" work.
But if we're going to raise concerns about Boessenkool, why not Guy Giorno, who is running the campaign? Admittedly, he may no longer be a registered lobbyist, but you can be sure still keeps contact with, National Public Relations, the top lobbyist for the Tar Sands, where Giorno once hung his hat.
Lobbyists move in and out of Harper's office, so realizing that they are now running his campaign is not really news.
What else would we expect from the Corporate Party of Canada?