WHAT IS LOBBYING?
Lobbying is when someone employed by a company meets with government officials to try to influence policies, government programs, funding decisions, or the awarding of government contracts.
Politicians can choose who they will accept meetings with. They are under no obligation to meet with and listen to lobbyists.
How has oil and gas lobbying shaped Canadian climate policy?
Big oil is the biggest barrier to climate action in Canada. Their lobbyists push back against policies that would impose regulations on their industry and advocate for subsidies, tax breaks and loopholes. With large budgets and dedicated staff, oil and gas lobbyists have been very effective in delaying, weakening and even killing essential environmental policies.
These lobbyists have been meetings with politicians and government staff for decades, but they have been especially bold in the last few years. In fact, a secret memo from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers to the federal government in March 2020 was leaked, revealing how the industry association wanted all sorts of rules and regulations dropped or delayed, including environmental monitoring and new protections for workers in the industry.
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