Edward Banayoti established the Canadian League of Lobbyists & Advocacy Professionals, the only establishment in Canada that organized lobbyists, and was born from this recognition of the stature of lobbying as a profession. Initially, the League was an unincorporated association of lobbyists who chose to meet once or twice a month to discuss issues that affected lobbyists as professionals in order to increase their skill and competency without regard to the clients or causes for which the individual lobbyists worked.
At that early stage in the League’s history, the members debated whether the League should retain the word “lobbyists” in its name. Some members feared that the opprobrium too often associated with the term “lobbyists” by media outlets and others would hinder the development of the League’s work in increasing the professionalism of lobbyists. Then, and in other instances in which the issue has been raised, League members have rejected overwhelmingly the notion of avoiding the term “lobbyist.”Read More