Ontario universities defend use of lobbyists

October 6, 2010

Following reports that several Ontario PSE institutions have spent nearly $1 million on lobbying contracts, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University both say they hired lobbyists as they did not have a government-relations specialist on staff. WLU ended its relationship with a lobby group shortly after it hired a full-time director of government relations last December. Laurentian University's chief of staff says university administration determined it would be cheaper to hire a lobby firm to hold day-to-day meetings with government than it would be to hire staff and pay for their travel expenses to work on Laurentian's architecture school proposal. Waterloo Region Record | Sudbury Star