Federal Court of Appeal Rules That Lobbying Commissioner Has No Duty to Investigate Complaints From the Public

By Marion Sandilands Cliquez ici pour un résumé en français In a decision with wide-ranging implications for the lobbying community and for administrative law generally, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled in Canada (Attorney General) v. Democracy Watch (2020 FCA 69) that the federal Lobbying Act does not create a duty for the lobbying commissioner to investigate complaints from members of the public. Prime Minister Trudeau Takes Family Vacation on…

Conway Lawyers Successful in Judicial Review Application before the Federal Court

The Federal Court issued a decision yesterday allowing the judicial review application in Heffel Gallery Limited. v. Canada (Attorney General). In the successful judicial review application, Heffel Gallery, a Canadian fine-art auction house, was represented by Conway lawyers, Thomas Conway, Owen Rees, and Julie Mouris. The application concerned a decision by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board to delay the issue of an export permit for a French painting…