Once lobbied, Stockwell Day becomes not-a-lobbyist


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:

DATE TYPE ORGANIZATION RESPONSIBLE OFFICER SUBJECT
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 TRIUMF’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
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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

8 thoughts on “Once lobbied, Stockwell Day becomes not-a-lobbyist

  1. When Stockwell connex you, he doesn’t connect you (absolutely not) with government ministers; possibly he lawbeez them a little, but he never lobbies them (banish the thought) on your behalf.

  2. And the public, in all of their ignorant bliss, will just swallow this. We are not only rewriting policy but we are rewriting the English language. Still Stock’s getting a lot of free press!

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