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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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)

September 21st 2021 - The president of the National Assembly, Mr. François Paradis, tabled the Ethics Commissioner’s Activity Report for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. This report calls attention to the activities of the Commissioner under the Code, Rules and Regulations, as well as its institutional activities.

As everywhere else, this year has been marked by a series of issues linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. All sectors and activities of the institution were impacted, as shown by the statistics presented in the report. However, the Commissioner has maintained all of its services to the members of the National Assembly and their staff and has succeeded in pursuing its development by showing flexibility and initiative.

Read the full report to discover all the highlights from the past year.

2020-2021 Activity Report

July 7th 2021 - Per section 55 of the Code of ethics and conduct of the Member of the National Assembly (hereinafter "the Code"), the Ethics Commissioner (hereinafter the “Commissioner”) published the summary of the disclosure of private interests for every Cabinet Minister for the year 2020.

Within 60 days of their appointment in this capacity and than on an annual basis, Cabinet Ministers must file with the Commissioner a disclosure statement of their private interests. This concerns their personal interests as well as those of their immediate family, namely their spouse and their dependent children. The disclosure includes information related to income, to immovable property, to notice of expropriation, to professional, commercial, or industrial activities and to interests in an enterprise. Cabinet Ministers must also provide additional information regarding their assets and liabilities.

The Code identifies which information in the declaration must be made public. The summary strikes a balance between respecting the privacy of elected officials and providing the transparency required to maintain the public’s confidence in them.

Consult the summaries