In one recent discussion of the Ottawa lobbying industry, I noted that political access is a commodity that is peddled seamlessly across party lines. However, it’s important to know that there is another important dimension: contacts between industry and the bureaucracy. Some wealthy purchasers of government influence take this tack, whereas the firm I looked at — Earnscliffe — is geared towards political party coverage. Sometimes you want to talk with other parts of government.
CFN Consultants, for instance, specializes in providing access to military bureaucrats. That’s something of interest to their list of clients, which is flush with defence contractors like Lockheed Martin (maker of the controversial F-35 jet fighter), General Dynamics (our current CF-18 Hornet fighter, amongst other deadly products), Norwegian missile producer and F-35 subcontractor Kongsberg, Swedish air giant Saab, German tank company Rheinmetall, helicopter maker Sikorsky, American military contractor Raytheon, and SNC Lavalin, friends of soon-to-be-former Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi.Tweet