UPDATE: Day called me from Vancouver to discuss….
Former Harper government cabinet minister Stockwell Day says the federal ethics commissioner has cleared him to set up a consulting company that helps private clients develop a “government relations strategy.”
Day has hung out his shingle in downtown Vancouver with a new company called Stockwell Day Connex.
The company’s website says “Stockwell Day Connex can work with your organization to create a clear and concise government relations strategy as well as provide insightful analysis on Canadian political developments.”
The Federal Accountability Act that Day helped usher in while in cabinet placed a strict prohibitions on former public officer holders that bar them from working as lobbyists for five years after leaving office.
But Day says he will not be doing anything that violates the ethics law.
“It is not a lobbying firm,” he said. “We do no lobbying whatsoever. I’m very clear with clients that we do not provide, nor do we intend to provide, access to public-office holders.”
Although the website refers to government relations – a term sometimes used as a polite alternative to lobbying – a disclaimer on the company website says it doesn’t lobby.
Day says he had discussions with Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson to ensure he is in compliance with the Federal Accountability Act.
He had a sit-down meeting with her in Ottawa and has had follow-up communications with her office.
“We just had a very good discussion. I wanted to make sure I was clear and also to let her know it’s not my intention there would be any lobbying or any attempt to provide access,” he said.
“It’s very clear that I cannot use any info that is seen as insider or strictly gained from that experience.”
Day says his initial clients, whom he declined to name, understand that he won’t be giving them a foot in the door with the government.
“This is all about strategic approaches to issues. It’s about communications. It’s about business issues.”
So why would someone hire him if he can’t help move files ahead with his former colleagues?
“They see me as somebody who has learned some things about problem solving, learned some things about business and community relations,” Day said.
“They talk me about what advice I can bring to the table in those general areas.”
He cited as an example the advice he could give a developer about being transparent within its community.
Day said he has spoken to a number of potential clients about working with them but wouldn’t say which ones.
“I am a private business person.”
He does not have any partners at this point.
Day is the former finance minister of Alberta, former leader of the now defunct Canadian Alliance, and served as international trade minister, public safety minister and president of the Treasury Board in the Harper government.
Day announced he was leaving politics before the last election.
He says he wants to keep working because he doesn’t want to live on only the $64,000 pension he has earned.
“I’m pleased to have that but my intention is to be living on a few more dollars than that.”
A Citizen review of lobbying records shows that, when in cabinet, Day had numerous contacts with the government relations industry.
Since the summer of 2009, when lobbyists were legally required to report communications with public-office holder, lobbyists logged 116 contacts with Day on a variety of subjects.
Among the organizations he had contact with were SinoCanada Petroleum Corporation, TransCanada Pipeline, Teck Coal Limited and Canadian National Railway.
Dawson’s office is closed Mondays during the summer for “flex days,” so no one was able to provide clarification Monday.
LEGACY COPY: My colleague Stephen Maher of the Halifax Chronicle Herald today tweeted a link to a website that looks like former Treasury Board President Stockwell Day’s new post-politics business.
The putative — I say this, because there is no confirmation from Day that this is really legit and not a hoax — company is called Stockwell Day Connex. It lists a downtown Vancouver address but the site is registered through GoDaddy and cannot be traced without a court order.
The site is registered through GoDaddy to a Sam Reynolds, who identifies himself as Day’s assistant. It lists an address on W. Hastings in downtown Vancouver.
A disclaimer warns, “Stockwell Day Connex is not a lobbying firm” even though else on the same page, it uses the widely-known synonym for lobbyist, “government relations.”
Further, the site explains, “in consultation with Canada’s Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, and subject to the Government of Canada Accountability Act and the Conflict of Interest Act, neither Stockwell Day nor Stockwell Day Connex will provide ‘insider’ information on any matters related to Cabinet discussions, files or decisions, past or pending.”
Oh, well, guess that’s okay, then, right?
Day, of course, is quite familiar with the government relations industry. In his five years in Stephen Harper’s cabinet, Day was frequently contacted by lobbyists. Since lobbyists became legally required to report contacts with cabinet ministers in the summer of 2009, they reported 116 separate contacts with Day.
A list thereof:
|2010-07-20||In-house Corporation:||Canadian National Railway (CN)||Claude Mongeau||International Trade, Transportation|
|2010-07-14||In-house Organization:||BUSINESS COUNCIL OF BRITISH COLUMBIA||Virginia Greene||Budget|
|2010-06-23||In-house Corporation:||Vancouver International Airport Authority||Larry Berg||Transportation|
|2010-06-17||In-house Organization:||Information Technology Association of Canada||Bernard Courtois||National ICT Strategy|
|2010-06-17||In-house Corporation:||Canadian National Railway (CN)||Claude Mongeau||International Trade|
|2010-06-03||In-house Organization:||Sustainable Development Technologies Canada||Vicky Sharpe||Innovation|
|2010-06-02||Consultant:||SinoCanada Petroleum Corporation||WILLIAM PRISTANSKI||International Relations, International Trade, Energy, Research and Development (R&D), Industry|
|2010-05-12||In-house Organization:||BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES DEPARTMENT, AFL-CIO, CANADIAN OFFICE||ROBERT BLAKELY||Government Procurement|
|2010-05-12||In-house Corporation:||Teck Coal Limited||Boyd Payne||Infrastructure, Transportation|
|2010-05-06||In-house Organization:||British Columbia Maritime Employees Association||Andy Smith||Labour, Transportation, International Trade|
|2010-04-13||In-house Corporation:||Canadian National Railway (CN)||Claude Mongeau||International Trade|
|2010-03-25||In-house Organization:||Federal Superannuates National Association||Sylvia Ceacero||federal pensions and benefits|
|2010-03-10||In-house Organization:||BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES DEPARTMENT, AFL-CIO, CANADIAN OFFICE||ROBERT BLAKELY||Government Procurement|
|2010-02-15||In-house Corporation:||TransCanada Corporation||Harold Kvisle||Mackenzie Valley Pipeline|
|2010-02-15||In-house Corporation:||Imperial Oil Limited||Bruce March||Energy|
|2010-02-02||In-house Organization:||Canadian Chamber of Commerce||Perrin Beatty||Taxation and Finance|
|2010-02-02||In-house Organization:||CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS||CATHERINE SWIFT||Borders|
|2010-02-01||In-house Organization:||British Columbia Maritime Employees Association||Andy Smith||Transportation, Labour|
|2010-01-15||In-house Organization:||BC Lumber Trade Council||John Allan||International Trade – request for funding for Canadian Lumber Trade Alliance|
|2009-12-08||In-house Corporation:||CAMECO CORPORATION||GERALD GRANDEY||Industry, International Trade|
|2009-12-05||In-house Organization:||Alliance of Manufacturers & Exporters Canada (CME)||Jayson Myers||Canadian response to US Buy American legislation|
|2009-11-26||In-house Organization:||Christian Reformed churches in Canada (CRCNA Canada Corporation)||Bruce Adema||International Relations|
|2009-11-26||Consultant:||Canadian Coalition Against Terror||Sheryl Saperia||Deterrence of Terrorism and treatment of terror victims|
|2009-11-24||In-house Corporation:||Suncor Energy Inc.||Richard George||Mining, International Trade, Industry|
|2009-11-24||In-house Corporation:||Vale Inco Ltd||Tito Martins||Bill C-300|
|2009-11-24||In-house Organization:||The Mining Association of Canada (MAC)||Gordon Peeling||Corporate and Social Responsibility & Human Rights in respect to the Rountable Report and the goernment’s CSR Strategy and Bill C-300|
|2009-11-23||In-house Organization:||CANADIAN STEEL PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION||Ron Watkins||Industry, Government Procurement, International Relations, International Trade|
|2009-11-03||In-house Organization:||Rick Hansen Foundation||Rick Hansen||25th Anniversary|
|2009-11-03||In-house Corporation:||Canadian National Railway (CN)||E. Hunter Harrison||Asia Pacific Gateway issues|
|2009-10-28||In-house Organization:||Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada||Paul Davidson||International Academic and Student Mobility|
|2009-10-27||In-house Organization:||Canadian Council of Chief Executives||THOMAS D’AQUINO||Employment and Training, Taxation and Finance, Infrastructure, International Trade, Industry, Science and Technology, Internal Trade, International Relations, Financial Institutions|
|2009-10-22||In-house Organization:||Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association||Garth Whyte||Taxation and Finance|
|2009-10-05||In-house Organization:||Canadian Council of Chief Executives||THOMAS D’AQUINO||Environment, Health, Industry, Defence, Infrastructure, International Relations, Taxation and Finance, Justice and Law Enforcement, International Trade, Intellectual Property, Immigration, Energy|
|2009-09-30||In-house Organization:||CEMENT ASSOCIATION OF CANADA||Pierre Boucher||Energy, Environment|
|2009-09-29||In-house Organization:||Canadian Chamber of Commerce||Perrin Beatty||Border preclearance|
|2009-09-29||In-house Organization:||International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada||Henri Rothschild||Science and Technology|
|2009-09-29||Consultant:||Emirates Airline||Mark Vaile||International Relations, Tourism, Canada-UAE Air Transport Agreement, Airline Competition, Transportation, International Trade|
|2009-09-28||In-house Corporation:||British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.||David Hahn||Taxation and Finance|
|2009-09-28||In-house Organization:||Rick Hansen Foundation||Rick Hansen||25th Anniversary|
|2009-09-22||In-house Corporation:||MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Corporation||Donald Osborne||International Trade, Science and Technology|
|2009-09-22||In-house Corporation:||MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Corporation||Donald Osborne||Science and Technology|
|2009-09-15||Consultant:||The Canadian Wheat Board||Larry Hill||International Trade|
|2009-09-15||In-house Corporation:||Canadian Wheat Board||Ian White||International Trade|
|2009-09-04||In-house Organization:||Canadian Chamber of Commerce||Perrin Beatty||Buy American provisions|
|2009-08-28||In-house Organization:||BC Lumber Trade Council||John Allan||International Trade – request for funding for Canadian Lumber Trade Alliance|
|2009-08-21||In-house Organization:||CANADIAN STEEL PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION||Ron Watkins||International Trade, Government Procurement|
|2009-08-20||In-house Organization:||Alliance of Manufacturers & Exporters Canada (CME)||Jayson Myers||Canadian proposal on Buy American negotiations with the US|
|2009-08-17||In-house Organization:||TRIUMF||Nigel Lockyer||Science and Technology|
|2009-08-17||Consultant:||TRIUMF||Geoff Morrison||discuss TRIUMFâ€™s proposal to build a new accelerator|
|2009-08-06||In-house Organization:||Canadian Council of Chief Executives||THOMAS D’AQUINO||Intellectual Property, International Relations, Energy, Industry, International Trade, Environment|
|2008-08-29||Consultant:||Chiikayabano Inc.||Deborah Reid||Aboriginal Affairs, Employment and Training, Government Procurement, Justice and Law Enforcement|
|2008-08-29||In-house Corporation:||Chiikayabano Inc.||Harry Snowboy||Government Procurement, Justice and Law Enforcement, Aboriginal Affairs, Employment and Training|
|2008-08-22||Consultant:||Ballard Power Systems||Stephen Kukucha||Energy|
|2008-12-15||In-house Organization:||Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association||Douglas Needham||Taxation and Finance, Financial Institutions, Employment and Training|
|2008-12-12||In-house Organization:||Canadian Council of Chief Executives||THOMAS D’AQUINO||International Trade, International Relations|
|2009-01-28||Consultant:||Simon Fraser University||Mark Jiles||Crime Prevention|
|2009-01-13||In-house Organization:||National Cattle Feeders’ Association||Bryan Walton||International Trade|
|2009-01-06||In-house Corporation:||CAMECO CORPORATION||GERALD GRANDEY||International Relations, International Trade|
|2009-01-06||In-house Corporation:||Nortel Networks Corporation||Mike Zafirovski||Science and Technology, Industry, Taxation and Finance|
|2009-03-31||In-house Corporation:||Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd.||David Mondragon||Environment, International Trade, Industry, Taxation and Finance|
|2009-03-31||Consultant:||Areva Canada Inc.||Sheryl Saperia||Energy|
|2009-03-27||In-house Organization:||BC Lumber Trade Council||John Allan||International Trade|
|2009-03-27||In-house Organization:||Coast Forest Products Association||Richard Jeffery||International Trade, Forestry|
|2009-03-26||In-house Organization:||BC Lumber Trade Council||John Allan||International Trade|
|2009-03-26||In-house Organization:||BUSINESS COUNCIL OF BRITISH COLUMBIA||Virginia Greene||DFAIT 100th Anniversary Celebration|
|2009-03-13||In-house Corporation:||MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.||Daniel Friedmann||Industry, Long Term Space Plan|
|2009-03-13||In-house Corporation:||MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Inc.||Daniel Friedmann||Long Term Space Plan, Industry|
|2009-03-13||Consultant:||COM DEV International||KEN MACKAY||Briefing and discussion of the Canadian Space Plan|
|2009-03-13||Consultant:||MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA)||KEN MACKAY||Briefing and discussion of the Canadian Space Plan|
|2009-03-12||In-house Corporation:||COM DEV International||John Keating||Canadian Space Plan|
|2009-03-11||Consultant:||Northern Coal Coalition||GENEVIEVE YOUNG||Crown Corporation Governance, Industry, Mining, Regional Development|
|2009-03-09||In-house Corporation:||Transat A.T. Inc.||Jean-Marc Eustache||International Trade, Taxation and Finance, International Relations, Transportation, Tourism|
|2009-03-09||Consultant:||Transat AT||GENEVIEVE YOUNG||Taxation and Finance, Industry, Transportation|
|2009-05-26||In-house Organization:||CANADIAN VINTNERS ASSOCIATION||Dan Paszkowski||Investment in wine tourism infrastructure|
|2009-05-25||In-house Corporation:||Vale Inco Ltd||Tito Martins||International Trade, Mining|
|2009-05-25||In-house Organization:||Alliance of Manufacturers & Exporters Canada (CME)||Jayson Myers||Canadian response to US Buy American legislation|
|2009-05-12||In-house Organization:||Canadian Council of Chief Executives||THOMAS D’AQUINO||International Trade, International Relations|
|2009-05-12||In-house Organization:||Forest Products Association of Canada||AVRIM LAZAR||Forestry|
|2009-05-07||In-house Organization:||EVANGELICAL FELLOWSHIP OF CANADA||BRUCE CLEMENGER||Corporate Socail Responsibility|
|2009-05-05||In-house Organization:||Canadian Council of Chief Executives||THOMAS D’AQUINO||International Trade, International Relations|
|2009-05-01||In-house Corporation:||Methanex Corporation||Bruce Aitken||International Trade|
|2009-07-27||In-house Organization:||Canadian Council of Chief Executives||THOMAS D’AQUINO||International Relations, International Trade|
|2009-07-27||In-house Organization:||Alliance of Manufacturers & Exporters Canada (CME)||Jayson Myers||Status of federal-provincial talks on developing a negotiating proposal on procurement with the United States, strategy for launching procurement negotiations with the United States|
|2009-07-23||In-house Corporation:||Bombardier Inc.||Pierre Beaudoin||International Trade|
|2009-07-14||Consultant:||GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE||BOHDAN ONYSCHUK||Energy|
|2009-08-04||In-house Organization:||BUSINESS COUNCIL OF BRITISH COLUMBIA||Virginia Greene||Energy|
|2010-06-09||In-house Organization:||The Canadian Society of Immigration Practitioners (CSIP)||Nuha Nancy Salloum||Industry, Immigration, Consumer Issues|
|2010-09-27||In-house Organization:||Canadian Police Association||Charles Momy||Justice and Law Enforcement, Labour|
|2010-09-27||In-house Organization:||Canadian Police Association||Charles Momy||Labour, Justice and Law Enforcement|
|2010-09-27||In-house Corporation:||Bell Canada||George Cope||Broadcasting, Telecommunications|
|2010-09-09||In-house Corporation:||GENERAL ELECTRIC CANADA||Elyse Allan||Defence|
|2010-09-09||In-house Organization:||Sustainable Development Technologies Canada||Vicky Sharpe||Innovation|
|2010-10-29||In-house Corporation:||Vancouver International Airport Authority||Larry Berg||Transportation|
|2010-10-29||In-house Corporation:||Canadian National Railway (CN)||Claude Mongeau||International Trade|
|2010-10-19||Consultant:||Terry Fox Research Institute||GENEVIEVE YOUNG||Infrastructure|
|2010-11-19||Consultant:||AVCORP INDUSTRIES INC.||MICHAEL BAILEY||Defence|
|2010-11-18||In-house Organization:||Rick Hansen Foundation||Rick Hansen||International Relations|
|2010-11-03||In-house Organization:||CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS||CATHERINE SWIFT||Small Business, Government Procurement|
|2010-11-22||In-house Organization:||Alliance of Manufacturers & Exporters Canada (CME)||Jayson Myers||Industry|
|2010-12-03||In-house Organization:||Coast Forest Products Association||Richard Jeffery||Forestry, International Trade, Industry, Taxation and Finance|
|2010-12-03||In-house Organization:||Coast Forest Products Association||Richard Jeffery||Taxation and Finance, Forestry, International Trade|
|2010-12-06||In-house Organization:||Canadian Diabetes Association||Michael Cloutier||Health|
|2010-12-09||In-house Organization:||Canadian Council of Chief Executives||JOHN MANLEY||International Trade, Industry, Taxation and Finance, Regional Development, Infrastructure|
|2011-02-04||In-house Organization:||FPInnovations||Pierre LAPOINTE||Science and Technology, Forestry, Industry|
|2011-02-02||Consultant:||Western Coal Corp.||ANDY GIBBONS||Transportation, Mining, Economic Development|
|2011-01-26||In-house Organization:||Alliance of Manufacturers & Exporters Canada (CME)||Jayson Myers||Taxation and Finance, Industry, Budget|
|2011-03-03||In-house Organization:||Canadian Medical Association||Paul-Émile Cloutier||Health|
|2011-02-09||In-house Organization:||Information Technology Association of Canada||Bernard Courtois||Industry|
|2011-02-25||In-house Corporation:||MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Inc.||Mag Iskander||Defence|
|2011-02-25||Consultant:||Cisco Systems Canada||Jim Armour||Telecommunications, Government Procurement|
|2011-02-09||In-house Corporation:||Suncor Energy Inc.||Richard George||Transportation|
|2011-02-08||In-house Organization:||CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS||CATHERINE SWIFT||Small Business, Budget|
|2011-02-04||In-house Corporation:||Westcoast Energy Inc., dba Spectra Energy Transmission||Douglas Bloom||Energy|
|2011-03-03||Consultant:||Canadian Medical Association||Brian Brodie||Health|
|2011-03-18||In-house Organization:||Rick Hansen Foundation||Rick Hansen||Health, International Relations|
|2011-02-15||In-house Organization:||Federal Superannuates National Association||Sylvia Ceacero||Pensions|