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Environment and climate impacts key lobbying topics

As the government moves forward with its plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 40 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, companies such as Hazelett CASTechnology ULC want Ottawa to support them in developing energy-efficient ways of creating aluminum-alloy sheets.

The Vermont-based company, whose sheets are used mainly in transportation, notes that all funding supports would go through its operations in Kingston, Ont.

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Late last month, the federal government announced that, on top of $1 million it’s already promised, it will spend $3 million to transport feed to Western Canadian farmers hit by the summer’s drought.

Now, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities wants: exemptions from railway tax; details of policies and programs in the event of future droughts; and help with costs associated with other natural disasters, rural broadband, and the RCMP.

Multiple Registrations:

Stackpole International, Reliance Comfort Limited Partnership, Nuclear Waste Management Organization, Mohawk College, Canadian Association for Long-Term Care, and AmmPower Corp. each filed a total of two registrations each.

StrategyCorp Inc. led registrant companies with a total of six registrations. National Public Relations had five, and Crestview Strategy at four, followed by a slew of companies with two registrations each.

In recent agriculture/trade registrants:

Siera Draper of National Public Relations registered on behalf of Burnbrae Farms to address the administration of World Trade Organization, Canada-United States-Mexico free trade agreement and Trans-Pacific Partnership Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQ) for egg products, as well as other export and import permit regulations.

Ronny Al-Nosir of Trafalgar Stratégies registered on behalf of Les Éleveurs de volailles du Québec to invite officials to “visit (Quebec) poultry farms” to understand the challenges producers face.

Saskatchewan Milk Marketing Board was registered by Jacob Mitchell, who serves on the organization’s board of directors, to work with the government to ensure that international trade agreements do not derail supply management and its “three pillars (of import control, production planning, and producer pricing),” as well as other legislative initiatives.

Other: Grain Workers Union Local 333, Food Health and Consumer Products of Canada (FHCP), Cooperation Canada (ND)

In recent arts/culture/copyright registrants:

Kema Joseph of Crestview Strategy registered on behalf of Music Canada to update the Broadcasting Act to bolster the work of Canadian musicians in a digital environment, and amend the Copyright Act to “bring it in line with advances in technology,” particularly as it relates to international standards and safeguards in a digital environment. Among the other areas of interested listed in the filing are the enforcement and amendment the Customs Act to “ensure that intellectual property rights holders are protected against counterfeiting and piracy and trade in counterfeiting or pirated goods.”

The organization is expected to receive funding from Ontario Creates / OMDC (Ontario Music Investment Fund) during the current fiscal year.

In recent defence/security registrants:

Bill Anderson of Crestview Strategy registered on behalf of Helmets to Hardhats to procure a “funding stream” to support their mandate, which helps Canadian Armed Forces veterans find employment post-service.

The Ontario Labour Market Partnership provided $191,264 and Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) provided $185,458 during the last fiscal year. Both institutions are expected to provide further funding during the current one.

David Pratt of David Pratt & Associates registered on behalf of Maerospace to discuss the company’s efforts to break into foreign markets for the sale of high frequency surface-wave radar technology, for which it hopes to secure assistance with export permit applications.

Other: Red Coalition Inc.

In recent energy/environment/climate registrants:

Hazelett CASTechnology ULC was registered by its own director of technology, Mark Gallerneault, to engage officials on its efforts to research and develop energy-efficient methods of creating aluminum-alloy sheets used mainly in transportation.

They’re seeking grants and “other contributions, trade, investment, and R&D,” according to the filing.

Hazelett received $150,000 from the Eastern Ontario Development Fund during the last fiscal year and is expected to receive another round of funding from the same organization this year.

Melissa Pasi and Will Stewart of Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada registered on behalf of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) to discuss implementation of the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act, as well as Canada’s policies on the management of radioactive waste produced by nuclear energy facilities, as set out in the federal government’s Radioactive Waste Management Framework.” NWMO received $864,074 from Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) during the last fiscal year and are expected to receive further funding during the current one.

Patricia Sibal of Crestview Strategy registered on behalf of Stackpole International to make the case for a Strategic Innovation Fund grant application related to a new project centered on auto parts for electric vehicles. The registration cites concerns around “green energy and clean tech investment opportunities.”

Stackpole received $37,000,000 from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) during the last fiscal year and is expected to receive further funding during the current one.

Sheamus Murphy of Counsel Public Affairs registered on behalf of Living Lakes Canada to “pursue funding for community-based water monitoring.” This would include consultations over the mandate of the Canada Water Agency.

Living Lakes received $291,813 from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), $34,950 from the Government of British Columbia, and $14,341 in municipal funds during the last fiscal year. Each institution is expected to provide further funding during the current one.

Sergio Marchi, acting as an independent consultant, registered on behalf of Torngat Metals to lobby for the implementation of a “critical metals strategy.” Torngat, which claims to have one of the largest reserves of “rare earths” outside China, is proposing supply through Canada and the United States.

Other: Reliance Comfort Limited Partnership, Generation PGM, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, Terrapure Environmental, Energy Storage Canada, AmmPower Corp, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment Foundation

In recent health registrants:

Yash Dogra of National Public Relations registered on behalf of Bay Area Health Trust to pursue funding opportunities related to Canada’s pandemic response. The registration notes the organization’s previous contributions to expanding testing capacity and assisting with vaccine rollouts, and indicates that they’re looking for partnerships at both the federal and provincial level.

The Bay Area Health Trust received $413,854 from the Canadian Revenue Agecy (CRA) and $16,930 from the National Research Council (NRC) during the last fiscal year. Neither institution is expected to provide further funding during the current one.

Sophie Normand of Impact Public Affairs registered on behalf of the Mood Disorders Society of Canada to pursue the development of policies and programs focused on fortifying research and development into new treatments for mental illness, as well as “improved access to existing mental health resources” and “support for existing community-based mental health resources.”

The society received $199,000 from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and $247,000 from Veteran Affairs Canada (VAC) during the last fiscal year. The former is not expected to provide further funding during the current one, but the latter is.

Frédérik Larouche of StrategyCorp Inc. registered on behalf of Trebor Rx Corp to discuss procurement opportunities for ActivePure, an “innovative air-filter technology” to which the company owns the rights.

Trebor Rx received $1,000,000 from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade during the last fiscal year, and is expected to receive further funding during the current one.

Stephanie Levee of 3Sixty Public Affairs Inc. registered on behalf of AbbVie Corporation  to ensure that “the life sciences sector is a major focus of the government’s post-COVID recovery plan,” as well as reach out to officials on the development of a national strategy for rare diseases.

The filing also indicates its continuing interest in national pharmacare and the creation of a new Canadian Drug Agency, as well as Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s plans for the establishment of fresh bio-manufacturing capacity within Canada and amendments to the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board regulations.

Other: Sorrento Therapeutics, Genome Canada, Canadian Association for Long-Term Care

In recent Indigenous registrants:

Éric Cardinal of SEIZE03 registered on behalf of Kitcisakik First Nation to negotiate a settlement on the “recognition of Louvicourt residence as residential schools,” and for this particular distinction be integrated into Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call for Action for the federal government to work “in conjunction with claimants outside the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement to identify the issues in dispute and quickly reach a settlement.”

Kitcisakik received $10,000,000 from Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) during the last fiscal year and is expected to receive further funding during the current one.

Kevin Bosch of Sandstone Group registered on behalf of Grieg Seafood to promote salmon farming investments, and improve “job creation, food security, exports, and economic reconciliation with First Nations.”

Canadian Federation of Forest Owners was registered by its principal vice-president, Jean-Pierre Martel, who is also an executive consultant, to reach out to government on concerns related to “forest management and woodlands operations and the new Fisheries Act,” the Migratory Birds Convention Act and policies related to the compensation of land owners; and the Species at Risk Act, “including stewardship action plans, the wildlife listing process, measures to protect wildlife species, and compensation for land owners.”

The industry group is seeking recognition for Indigenous rights in traditional territory, particularly access to private forestland and its resources, entrepreneurship, revenue sharing, and “control of natural resources within traditional territories and indigenous rights and title.” The Fisheries Protection Policy and associated regulations were also highlighted.

Other: Mohawk College, Nemaska Development Corporation

 In recent industry registrants:

Samuel Tremblay of TACT Intelligence-conseil registered on behalf of Exprolink to pursue public funding of up to $30 million as part of a three-year investment plan centered on the electrification of Madvac and Excelway brand vehicles, as well as the erection of a new Quebec plant, three sales offices, “an assembly center in the United States, as well as the creation of 100 direct jobs.”

TACT received $133,244 from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and $243,707 from the National Research Council (NRC) during the last fiscal year. Neither institution is expected to provide further funding during the current one.

Wal-Mart Canada Corp was registered by its CEO, Horacio Barbeito. The company wants to take part in the open banking consultations, particularly as it impacts the stability of supply-chain management and associated pricing, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted retailers such as Wal-Mart. The company also wishes to engage officials on plans to implement a national pharmacare strategy, “ethical and sustainable sourcing”, and the reduction of plastic waste.

Other: Restaurant Brands International Inc., Staples Canada ULC, Hotel Association of Canada

 In recent tech/telecommunications registrants:

AltaLink Management Ltd was registered by its CEO, Scott Thon to seek funding under the Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program to cultivate a “high voltage grid-connected energy storage system.”

TerreStar Solutions Inc was registered by its president and CEO, Jacques Leduc to work with officials on policies and programs related to spectrum management.

Other: AMPD Ventures Inc.

In recent transportation registrants:

David Rodier of Edelman Canada registered on behalf of Alstom Transport Canada Inc. to push for federal investment in public transit projects from border to border.

Alstom received $11,784,000 from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) during the last fiscal year and is expected to receive further funding during the current one.

Hugues Mousseau of Heyco Advisory Services Inc. registered on behalf of Demers Ambulance Manufacturer Inc. to lobby for the relaxation of “certain administrative eligibility criteria for financial assistance programs intended for companies in the manufacturing sector and link with the shortage of electronic microchips,” which it argues are delaying the production of chassis by central automobile manufacturers.

Demers received $1,200,000 from the National Research Council (NRC) during the last fiscal year and is expected to receive further funding during the current one.

Other: Verreault Navigation, General Motors of Canada Company

Of note:

Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities was registered by board of directors member Robert Moulding, as well as Jacob Mitchell of Pleasant Dairy Farms. The association is seeking railway tax exemptions, and notes that CP Rail’s request for tax exemption “will affect provincial budget and revenue sharing.”

Other programs and policies highlighted in the filing include drought impact risk management in lieu of potential future damages, natural disasters, costs  related to RCMP “unionization,” and rural broadband.

Emission regulations are also a concern due to many municpalities depending on fossil fuels to produce “energy, food, fertilizer, products and commodities.”

The association received $25,000 from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and $38,064 from the Province of Saskatchewan (Immigration and Career Training) during the last fiscal year. Both institutions are expected to provide further funding during the current one.

Other: Mentor Canada, Colleges Ontario

Communications:

There were 208 communication reports filed during the period covered, with a total of 340 communications.

Most active client organizations

Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), in-house staff: 39 communications

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association, in-house staff: 25 communications

Canadian Trucking Alliance, in-house staff: 24 communications

Netflix Inc., in-house staff, and consultants: 19 communications

Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, in-house staff: 12 communications

Most active paid lobbyists

Greg MacEachern for 3 clients: 11 communications

Roberto Chávez for 1 client: 11 communications

Dennis Burnside for 5 clients: 10 communications

Isabel Metcalfe for 3 clients: 9 communications

Utilia Amaral for 2 clients: 7 communications

Most lobbied public office holders

Kyle Harrietha, Deputy Chief of Staff, Natural Resources Canada: 10 communications

John Barlow, Member of Parliament, House of Commons: 6 communications

Andrew Scheer, Member of Parliament, House of Commons: 6 communications

Zachary Nixon, Special Assistant (Regional Affairs Ontario), Global Affairs Canada (GAC) / Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED): 5 communications

Ninu Forrest, Policy Advisor, Transport Canada (TC): 4 communications

Most lobbied government institutions

House of Commons: 118 communications

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED): 26 communications

Canadian Heritage (PCH): 25 communications

Transport Canada (TC): 23 communications

Global Affairs Canada (GAC): 23 communications

Most lobbied subject matters:

Science and Technology: 52 communications

Economic Development: 52 communications

Climate: 47 communications

International Trade: 46 communications

Industry: 44 communications

This edition of Lobby Wrap covers two weeks of lobbying activities.

With files from Sam Chilton.

 

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