Gatekeepers for Innovation, Finance, and Environment top lobby target lists – The Hill Times

Gatekeepers for Innovation, Finance, and Environment top lobby target lists – The Hill Times

Lobbying

By Samantha Wright Allen      Jan. 27, 2020

In an election year, lobbying activity dropped by 30 per cent compared to 2018, but some staffers kept busy.

Clare Demerse, senior policy adviser to the environment minister, left; Ian Foucher, deputy director of financial sector policy in the finance minister’s office, centre; and David McFarlane, policy director to the innovation minister, right, were the three most lobbied political staffers in 2019. Photographs courtesy of LinkedIn and Twitter

In 2019, the most popular target for lobbyists were cabinet policy advisers who have become fixtures as influential gatekeepers over the past three years in the departments for innovation, finance, and the environment—all key departments connected to Liberal promises and potential funding.

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