The Ethics Commissioner

The Role of the Ethics Commissioner

The Ethics Commissioner is responsible for the administration of the Code of ethics and conduct of the Members of the National Assembly (PDF, 1 MB). For this purpose, he or she exercises the duties of office and any other function assigned by law to the Ethics Commissioner.

For example, the Ethics Commissioner publishes a yearly summary of the statements regarding private interests that Members are required to file with the Commissioner disclosing their private interests as well as those of their family members. The Commissioner provides advisory opinions to Members on questions concerning their obligations under the Code, particularly in relation to:

  • incompatible offices or posts;
  • conflicts of interest;
  • gifts and benefits.

The Ethics Commissioner may publish guidelines for Members regarding the application of the Code, and organize activities to inform Members and the general public about the Commissioner's role and the application of the Code.

The Ethics Commissioner may, on his or her own initiative or at the request of a Member, conduct an inquiry or verification to determine if a deputy or minister may have violated any the Code. The Ethics Commissioner submits the results to the president of the National Assembly.

Within the first three years following the coming into force of the Code, and every five years after that, the Ethics Commissioner must submit a report to the president of the National Assembly on the carrying out of the Code and on the advisability of amending it. The report is referred to the competent parliamentary committee for examination.

The Ethics Commissioner's term of office is five years and may be renewed.

 

  • Date of last modification : February 28, 2011