October 11th, 2017 by

Council rejects Lobbyist Registry

 

Belleville City Hall. (File photo: Quinte News)

A bid  to establish a registry to track who is lobbying Belleville city councillors didn’t get off the ground this week at city council.

Councillor Paul Carr introduced a motion calling for a staff report on a Lobbyist Registry.

Carr tells Quinte News it’s important there’s accountability, and the public should know who is influencing ideas.

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A number of councillors argued against such a registry, some referring to “red tape” and extra staff time.

The city is already investigating an Integrity Commissioner role.

The Lobbyist Registry motion was defeated on a vote of five to four, with Councillors Jackie Denyes, Mike Graham, Jack Miller, Garnet Thomson and Mayor Taso Christopher voting against.

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