The Ethics Commissioner is an independent authority responsible for enforcing and applying the ethical principles and rules guiding the conduct of the Members of the Québec National Assembly and their staff.

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December 16th 2021 - The Ethics Commissioner (the “Commissioner”) issues guidelines for staff of Members and House Officers of the National Assembly regarding multiple functions.

The rules applicable to Member staff do not specifically address multiple functions. However, members of the political staff must respect certain specific rules relating to conflicts of interest, attendance and the use of State goods and services.

To accompany these guidelines, the Commissioner granted an episode of its podcast les Notes de bas de page to multiple functions occupied by Member staff. Commissioner Ariane Mignolet discusses the main elements to be taken into consideration in such circumstances with two lawyers for the prevention sector, Me Nathalie Lachance and Me François Corriveau.

Members of the political staff are invited to contact the Commissioner for any questions relating to their situation.

Consult the guidelines (French only)

November 30th 2021 - The Ethics Commissioner (the "Commissioner") publishes guidelines to inform MNAs and Cabinet Ministers of the ethical rules applicable to the granting of discretionary financial assistance. These lines present the main elements that must be taken into consideration in the context of three financial assistance programs, namely:

- The Volunteer Support Program;

- The Ministerial discretionary funds;

- The Particular Improvement Projects component of the Local Road Assistance Program of the ministère des Transports.

Every situation relating financial assistance awarded on a discretionary basis must be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Members of the National Assembly are invited to contact the Commissioner for any questions regarding their situation.

Consult the guidelines (French only) 

October 5th 2021 - The Ethics Commissioner (the “Commissioner”) issues guidelines for staff members of a deputy, ministerial cabinet or cabinet of the National Assembly who are considering to stand as a candidate in a federal or municipal election. The document identifies the ethical principles and rules of conduct to which they should pay attention before and during the election campaign. Examples are also provided to fuel the reflection of those concerned.

Members of the political staff are invited to contact the Commissioner for any questions relating to their situation.

Consult the guidelines (French only)