Political staff members are subject to the Rules of conduct applicable to the staff of Members and House Officers of the National Assembly (Rules) and the Regulation respecting the rules of conduct applicable to the office staff of Ministers (Regulation).
The Rules apply to office staff of MNAs and House Officers of the National Assembly, including staff hired to assist a political party or an independent member for research and support purposes. As for Regulation, they set out rules aimed at the executive secretary and other office staff appointed by a minister, including electoral division staff and regional staff.
This section presents the main provisions of both the Rules and the Regulation concerning the values and ethical principles to which the staff members must adhere and their ethical obligations. It also includes the texts published by the Ethics Commissioner related to these texts.
The Rules and the Regulation proclaim the values of the National Assembly, which are:
The conduct of staff members must be characterized by benevolence, integrity, adaptability, wisdom, honesty, sincerity and justice. Consequently, they must:
These values and ethical principles are not specific standards to be applied mechanically. They are drafted in general terms to guide the staff members in carrying out their duties of office and in appreciating the rules of conduct applicable to them. The Commissioner must also take these values into account when interpreting those rules.
Sections 3 and 4 of the Rules of conduct applicable to the staff of Members and House officers of the National Assembly (PDF, 128 Ko) (French only)
Sections 4 and 5 of the Regulation respecting the rules of conduct applicable to the office staff of Ministers
Sections 6 to 9 of the Code of ethics and conduct of the Members of the National Assembly (CQLR, chapter C-23.1)