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The Lobbying Activities of Keith Beardsley

June 15, 2012
Ottawa, Ontario

Allegations

The Commissioner of Lobbying received an allegation from a senior official in the Prime Minister's Office. It was alleged that Mr. Keith Beardsley, a consultant associated with True North Public Affairs (TNPA), engaged in a registrable lobbying activity while subject to the five-year prohibition on lobbying in the Lobbying Act. The prohibition is contained in section 10.11 of the Lobbying Act.

Acting on the allegation, the Commissioner of Lobbying initiated an administrative review in November 2009. In May 2010, the Commissioner opened an investigation based on the information in the Administrative Review Report. She referred the matter immediately to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in May 2010, as she had reasonable grounds to believe that a breach of the Lobbying Act had occurred.

The RCMP closed their file because there were insufficient grounds to proceed with charges under the Lobbying Act. The Commissioner decided she had sufficient grounds to continue with a Lobbyists' Code of Conduct investigation.

Findings

The Commissioner of Lobbying concluded that Mr. Beardsley was in breach of the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct, specifically the Principle of Professionalism.

Conclusions

  • Mr. Beardsley attempted to arrange, for payment, a meeting with a public office holder on behalf of a client. As a result, he engaged in a registrable lobbying activity under subsection 5(1) of the Lobbying Act.
  • At the time, Mr. Beardsley was prohibited from engaging in activities requiring registration as a consultant lobbyist.
  • Section 10.3 of the Lobbying Act provides that persons who are required to register under the Act are subject to the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct.
  • The Commissioner has concluded that Mr. Beardsley was in breach of the Principle of Professionalism in the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct as a result of his actions.

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