Code of Ethics and Conduct of the Members of the National Assembly of Québec
The Code of ethics and conduct of the Members of the National Assembly was adopted unanimously by the National Assembly in December 2010. While several sections of the Code came into force on December 8, 2010, the other sections came into force gradually, as provided by section 133 of the Code, on July 1 and October 1, 2011, and January 1, 2012. All sections of the Code are now in force.
The Code first affirms the important role Members play and recognizes the expectations of the people of Québec with regard to their Members of Parliament. The Members unanimously recognize their adherence to the values of the National Assembly. The Code then states the rules of ethics and conduct to be observed by Members and Cabinet Ministers, and determines the manner in which these rules will be monitored and enforced. It establishes that the Ethics Commissioner is responsible for the administration of the Code.
The first Ethics Commissioner, Jacques Saint-Laurent, was sworn into office on January 6, 2011. The Ethics Commissioner must, at the latest three years after its coming into force, report on the implementation of the Code and on the advisability of amending it.