A publicly-disclosed lobbyist registry is being proposed by the Government of Yukon. Premier Sandy Silver tabled the proposed Lobbyists Registration Act in the Legislative Assembly today.
Lobbying is the process through which individuals and groups communicate with public office holders in an attempt to influence public policy and decision making. The proposed Bill will make registration mandatory, ensuring that lobbyists are accountable for disclosing their activities.
Premier Silver also tabled the Electoral District Boundaries Act, following up on the final report of the Yukon Electoral District Boundaries Commission, as required under the Elections Act.
It is every Yukoner’s right to know who is lobbying public officials in an attempt to influence the decisions that are made by government. The creation of a Lobbyist Registry directly supports our government’s commitment to openness and transparency.
With the tabling of the Electoral District Boundaries Bill, I look forward to having a healthy debate about electoral districts in Yukon.
Premier Sandy Silver
Yukon would be the first territory in Canada to create a lobbyist registry.
An online survey regarding the creation of a lobbyist registry was conducted by the Yukon Bureau of Statistics between August 6 and September 4, 2018. A What We Heard document is available on the EngageYukon website.
Under the Elections Act, the Government of Yukon is required to appoint a Yukon Electoral District Boundaries Commission after every second territorial election to review the boundaries, and then table a Bill reflecting the commission’s recommendations.
The Yukon Electoral District Boundaries Commission was established in May 2017. Its final report was tabled in the Yukon Legislative Assembly in April 2018.