Top federal bureaucrats held private meetings with a lobbyist for the interests of the world’s tax havens, and one of them even provided talking points that went against Canada’s official stance on greater transparency of corporate ownership, records in the Paradise Papers reveal.

The meetings with London-based Canadian lawyer Richard Hay were not reported to the federal lobbying registry and Hay himself was not registered to lobby in Canada — potentially violating the law depending on what exactly was said, an investigation by Radio-Canada and the Toronto Star has found.

The meetings took place starting in summer 2013, two months after the world’s first big leak of offshore financial records, a predecessor to the Panama Papers and now the Paradise Papers.


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