Former Ontario Premier registers as D2L lobbyist

September 18, 2014

Former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has registered as a lobbyist for Waterloo ed-tech firm D2L. D2L CEO John Baker said that McGuinty will serve as a “special adviser” to the company. “He’s an innovative thinker who continues to have a major impact on global education systems—well beyond Ontario’s borders. I know he’ll continue to tackle the challenges facing education and work to pioneer new ground on our behalf,” Baker said. McGuinty’s filing with the Ontario Lobbyist Registry, submitted last month, says that the former politician will work “to enhance the presence of Desire2Learn education technology in Ontario’s schools, colleges, and universities.” The filing also indicates that the firm has received $3 M from the Ministry of Education and $14,000 from the Ministry of Transportation this fiscal year. In Ontario, former premiers and cabinet ministers are prohibited from lobbying the government until a year after they step down from office; McGuinty stepped down as an MPP 15 months ago. The Record