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 By Shawn McCarthy, the Globe and Mail, 4 December 2012

(…) In just one year to this September, senior industry officials held 791 separate meetings with ministers, members of Parliament and officials even as the federal government was pursuing major regulatory changes that critics claim amount to a gutting of environmental protection, according to a study of the lobbyist registry by the Polaris Institute, a left-leaning, Ottawa-based think tank. (…)

“To us, this shows a fundamental shift in our democracy from government working for the people to government working for private interests such as industry,” said Richard Girard, the institute’s researcher co-ordinator and a co-author of the report, which is to be released Tuesday. He said the industry has clearly succeeded in its lobbying effort given the policy actions of the government. (…)

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