- Oct 26, 2017
Via The Star:
I thought it was "just chicken" you guys?!That chicken sandwich will come with a side order of spin.
Chick-fil-A, a U.S. chicken restaurant chain whose president has spoken out publicly against gay marriage, has hired communications firm Navigator to lobby provincial and city government officials, amid angry protests surrounding the opening of the chain’s first major Canadian restaurant in Toronto last week. They’ve also hired the local office of a New York-based company to handle public relations.
Neither Chick-fil-A nor Navigator would comment on details of the contract, but official documents filed with the provincial lobbyists’ registry show the company has been hired to lobby Vic Fedeli, the Ontario minister of economic development, job creation and trade, as well as labour minister Monte McNaughton.
“Chick-fil-A will open its first major Canadian restaurant in Toronto this fall. To ensure a smooth launch, we want to facilitate open dialogue and foster long-term relationships with key decision makers in areas of interest to their operations,” said the entry in the lobbyists’ registry maintained with the provincial Office of the Integrity Commissioner.
Chick-fil-A has also hired Navigator to lobby city government officials about economic development, according to Toronto’s Office of the Lobbyist Registrar.