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Where are the lobbying rules? 

[PoliticsWatch updated 5:00 p.m., August 9, 2007]

New regulations for lobbyists are still not in place eight months after the Federal Accountability Act received Royal Assent.

OTTAWA -- Although the Federal Accountability Act received Royal Assent in December, regulations are still being drafted for the government's new rules designed to crack down on lobbying.  

Among the regulations being drafted are those regarding lobbyists having to report their meetings with public office holders to an independent registrar of lobbyists' office. 

In addition, one of the key holes in the Accountability Act is the five-year ban on lobbying applied only to staffers who worked in government. 

Before the last election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a very public warning to Conservative political staffers that if any of them "dream of making it rich by trying to lobby a future Conservative government ... then you better make different plans or leave." 

Today, people who worked in Tory ministerial offices have become lobbyists because of loopholes in the rules. Harper has remained largely silent about this despite his pre-election rhetoric. 

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