Summary

As a pre-eminent full-service Canadian law firm, BLG’s Public Policy and Government Relations Group has in-depth experience with all levels of government in Canada, and the intricate political processes at work in each one. We also have an extensive outreach program to foreign embassies in Canada and frequently meet with senior diplomats from countries around the world in our Ottawa offices.

BLG’s Public Policy and Government Relations Group understands the inner workings of Canadian governments and how public policy is developed.  Maintaining extensive contact with officials and elected representatives at all levels of government, as well as the key stakeholders who influence public policy, BLG is able to help advance the goals and interests of our clients.  The group assists clients with a full spectrum of services, including monitoring political and public policy developments, analyzing the potential impact of emerging government policy and program changes on client interests, creating and directing advocacy campaigns and advising on lobbying law and registration requirements.  For matters that require technical, legal or regulatory specificity, the Public Policy and Government Relations Group can call on the Firm’s multi-disciplinary expertise to ensure that you receive advice in a timely, seamless and efficient manner.

Publications & Presentations

  • “Ontario Government Proposes Amendments to the Lobbyist Registration Act, 1998,” BLG GR Bulletin, July 2012.
  • “The Progressive Conservative Government of Alberta’s New Cabinet,” BLG GR Bulletin, May 2012.
  • “Ontario Budget Highlights 2012,” BLG GR Bulletin, March 2012.
  • “Cooling-Off Periods:  Do They Help or Hinder Good Policy-Making?”  Influencing BC, Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists in British Columbia, January 2012.
  • “Why the Road Exists and Where the Rubber Hits – A Conversation on Lobbying,” Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists in British Columbia Conference, December 2011.
  • “Canadian Lobbying Law” chapter, The Lobbying Manual, Fourth Edition, American Bar Association, 2011.
  • “Balancing Lobbying Limits and Employability”, the Globe and Mail, May 2011.
  • BLG lawyers speak regularly at a number of conferences and seminars on Lobbying Law and the Competition Act compliance.

Rankings & Recognition

The Public Policy and Government Relations group or its members are recognized in:

  • In the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada.
  • In the 2015 edition of Who's Who Legal: Canada dans le domaine des marchés publics.
  • In the 2015 edition of Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2015

Representative Work

Legislative Monitoring and Policy Analysis

  • Developed a legislative and policy early warning system for one of Canada’s largest financial services firms that allowed them to track important policy and legislative issues and develop management strategies.
  • Established a government issues tracking system for one of Ontario’s largest electrical utilities that helped them to anticipate threats to business plans in a complex policy and regulatory environment.
  • Monitored and reported on legislative and regulatory developments for various domestic and international entities on issues including procurement, trade, completion, energy, foreign investment, pharmaceuticals and financial services issues.

Advocacy Activities

  • Developed an advocacy program for one of Canada’s largest private construction companies that successfully opposed new prequalification requirements for construction projects.  The resulting government suspension of the new requirements allowed our client to continue bidding on construction work in the province.
  • Provided federal and provincial strategic advice and counsel to one of Canada’s largest integrated natural gas companies that facilitated the development of a multi-billion-dollar energy project.
  • Provided an industrial client with advice on where Canada’s greenhouse gas laws are going and the implications for investment decisions.
  • Arranged lobby days on Parliament Hill for a national industry association seeking funding.

Electoral Law and Lobbying Law Compliance

  • Developed a federal and provincial lobbying law compliance framework for a number of Canada’s large companies and associations, including in the retail, energy, mining and chemical sectors and several national industry associations.
  • Provided detailed advice for a number of Canadian corporations on political contribution limits at the municipal, provincial and federal levels of government.
  • Arrange regular lobby law compliance seminars for a variety of clients in the energy and construction sectors.

International Government Relations

  • Provided strategic counsel and advice to a foreign government that positively positioned its diplomatic activities with the Government of Canada and a number of provincial governments.
  • Developed and executed a provincial government contact strategy for a large internationally integrated oil, gas and energy services firm that ensured a fertile investment climate for its acquisition activities.
  • Advised various embassies on effective strategy to deliver their messages to Canadian parliamentarians.