POLITICS

New Brunswick tables bill to create lobbyist registry, levy fines for offences

11/06/2013 01:24 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 10:53 EST
FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick government has again introduced legislation to create a lobbyist registry after attempts in the past failed.

The Lobbyists' Registration Act would identify professional lobbyists and who they represent.

It would also require lobbyists to pay a registration fee, and they would be subject to fines of up to $25,000 for various offences including failing to register, provide accurate information and making misleading statements.

Repeat offenders could face fines of up to $100,000.

The government promised to set up such a registry and in 2011, they introduced a bill to do so and sought to team up with Nova Scotia, but it didn't materialize.

The previous Liberal government promised in 2007 to set up a framework of rules around lobbyists in the province, but didn't follow through.

New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are the only provinces without such a registry.