Report on Investigation — The Lobbying Activities of Keith Beardsley (page 4 of 9)
Investigations of Alleged Breaches of the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct
Lobbyists have a legal obligation to comply with the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct. Under the Lobbying Act, the Commissioner is required to conduct an investigation if the Commissioner has reason to believe that an investigation is necessary to ensure compliance with the Act or the Code, as applicable.
Breaches of the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct do not result in sanctions of a penal nature, as they do not carry fines or jail sentences. However, the Commissioner is required to table a report of the investigation, including the findings, conclusions, and reasons for those conclusions, in both Houses of Parliament. A breach of the Code can occur as a result of a breach of either a principle or a rule. There is no limitation period for investigating breaches of the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct.
The following Report on Investigation concerns the activities of an individual who, I have concluded, engaged in registrable lobbying activity under the Lobbying Act. When a person engages in registrable lobbying activity, that person becomes subject to the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct. However, Mr. Beardsley, as a former designated public office holder, was subject to the five-year prohibition on lobbying set out in section 10.11 of the Lobbying Act and is thus prohibited from engaging in lobbying activities until July 5, 2013.