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New framework strengthens
accountability and openness
As part of the City of Vaughan’s commitment to
transparency and accountability, a Lobbyist Registry has been implemented,
effective Jan. 1. Lobbying activities can be registered through an online
portal on a voluntary basis for 2017 to educate and train stakeholders. The
Lobbyist Registry is anticipated to become mandatory in 2018.
that lobbying is a positive contributor to the governing process, the registry
is an effective tool that allows the public access to information on who is meeting
lobbying of Members of Council and staff on municipal issues can be beneficial
to the public process by providing the perspective of other stakeholders.
provide information regarding their identity, who they represent, the subject
matter and which public office holders they are lobbying. During the voluntary
period in 2017, the operation of the online portal will be reviewed, refined,
and, where necessary, alternative options will be explored.
“Trust and accountability are key priorities at the City of
Vaughan. I championed the creation of a lobbyist registry because I
believe in an open government – giving the public access to information about
who is communicating with public office holders. This is a positive step forward
as it demonstrates our commitment to transparency. As we promote an enlightened
corporate culture, it is important that we work together to maintain and
strengthen the integrity of the City while putting our citizens first.
Together, as an organization, we will continue to focus on good governance and
taking Vaughan to the next level.”-Mayor