Tips for Requesting an Advisory Opinion
The Office welcomes requests for advisory opinions about the requirements in the Lobbyists Registration Act, 1998, which are provided by the Integrity Commissioner, as Lobbyist Registrar. In fact, the Registrar provided 108 written opinions in the last fiscal year. The most common questions were about political activity, offering gifts to public servants, and registration requirements for different types of lobbyists.
Getting an advisory opinion is a good way to ensure you are in compliance with the requirements of the Act.
Here are some tips when asking for an opinion:
- The question(s) must be in writing – email is fine.
- Your request must be based on a real and current situation. Advice is not provided for general or hypothetical matters or for matters that have already occurred.
- An advisory opinion cannot be provided to an individual regarding the obligations of another individual. If your request is on behalf of a client, please ask your client to send us an email authorizing the request. Alternatively, your client can make the request for an opinion directly to the Office.
- Include all the relevant details. Be specific. Who is being lobbied, what is the issue, when is the event taking place, etc. If the Office needs to get back to you to ask for more information or clarify the situation, it will take longer to prepare the opinion.
- Give us as much time as you can. We will work to deadline, but the Registrar appreciates a bit of time to consider your question properly and prepare his response.
You can send your request for an advisory opinion to firstname.lastname@example.org.