A Golf Lobby Day scheduled for Parliament Hill in Ottawa in mid-April may have to be postponed with the possibility of a federal election, but that scenario is something the National Allied Golf Associations took into consideration while planning such government relations meetings across the country.
NAGA announced a series of such meetings at provincial and federal levels with an eye on drawing attention to issues facing the golf industry and emphasizing its positive aspects, including economic impact, environmental stewardship and health and wellness.
However, the federal lobby day scheduled for April 14 faced uncertainty after Tuesday’s federal budget, which could trigger a spring election in early May. The election call could come as early as Thursday.
“If the election call happens, we’ll be rescheduling our federal lobby day to ensure we position ourselves with the intended high profile. All of our provincial ones will proceed as planned,” said Jeff Calderwood, executive director of the National Golf Course Owners Association, one of the NAGA member groups.
”From the beginning of our plan, we had discussed the possibility of a spring election altering our schedule, so we’re comfortable with that possibility,” added Calderwood, who also serves as government relations director for NAGA.