The Toronto Star reports that Linda Gehrke is advocating for restrictions on how and when lobbyists can attempt to rally support for their cause, suggesting it in inappropriate that lobbyists can approach decision makers practically anywhere and at any time.
“Restricting the time and place that lobbying may occur will ensure that lobbying of the City’s public office holders is conducted in a business environment, during business hours. This will enhance the integrity and perceived integrity of lobbying and City government decision-making,” Gehrke wrote in her report.
Lobbying has become a growing concern in Toronto, specifically surrounding a debate over allowing the construction of a casino inside city limits.
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