A new online registry will allow Saskatchewan citizens to search individuals and organizations lobbying public office holders.
“The Lobbyists Act is now in effect, which reflects our commitment to ongoing transparency and accountability,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said. “It is important for citizens to know who is lobbying the government and the Lobbyist Registry will disclose that information.”
Under the Act, individuals who are paid to lobby elected Saskatchewan officials on behalf of organizations or groups will be required to register lobbying activities online. Individuals acting in their official capacity on behalf of certain organizations, such as municipalities or other governments, may be exempt from the Act. Unpaid individuals, such as volunteers or members of the public pursuing personal interests with MLAs, are not required to register.
Conflict of Interest Commissioner Ron Barclay has been appointed as the Registrar to oversee the Act, operate the registry and promote compliance by lobbyists.
For more information on the Lobbyist Registry, visit www.sasklobbyistregistry.ca