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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June 10th 2022 - This morning, the National Assembly renewed the mandate of Ms. Ariane Mignolet as Ethics Commissioner for a period of five years. The motion, presented by the Premier jointly with the Leader of the Official Opposition, was adopted unanimously.

Ms. Mignolet intend to continue the work started in 2017, particularly regarding the training and accompanying of members of the National Assembly and their staff, developing the institution and its expertise, and raising awareness on the Ethics Commissioner's mission among the general public. "I am honoured by this mark of confidence given by the National Assembly. With the support of the entire team of the Ethics Commissioner's office, I will continue to work rigorously and impartially to promote a political culture of integrity by focusing on raising awareness and accompanying elected officials, the primary mission of the institution."

The appointment of the Ethics Commissioner is made on a joint proposal by the Premier and the Leader of the Official Opposition, after consultation with the leaders of the other parties represented in the National Assembly, and must be approved by two-thirds of its members. This procedure allows the commissioner to exercise his or her functions in complete independence.

Ms. Mignolet is the second person to hold this position since the adoption of the Code of ethics and conduct of the Members of the National Assembly in 2010. She was appointed Ethics Commissioner in May 2017 while serving as Director general of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs at the National Assembly, an institution in which she served for nearly 17 years.

June 7th 2022 - The Ethics Commissioner (hereinafter the “Commissioner”) published the summary of the disclosure of private interests for every MNA and Cabinet Minister for the year 2021. This exercise is performed under sections 40 and 55 of the Code of ethics and conduct of the Members of the National Assembly (hereinafter "the Code").

Within 60 days upon taking office and than on an annual basis, MNAs and 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 (e.g., shares in a company, real estate, RRSPs, savings) and liabilities (e.g., lines of credit, mortgages, car loans).

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.

Consult the summaries

May 13th 2022 - The Ethics Commissioner (the “Commissioner”) issues guidelines for staff of Members and House Officers of the National Assembly regarding partisan activities.

Although the rules applicable to Member staff do not specifically address the issue of partisan activities, political staff must pay attention to them as well as to the ethical principles that must guide their conduct. These guidelines are intended to inform Member staff of certain activities that cannot be carried out in the performance of their duties. Examples are provided to feed their reflection.

These guidelines apply at all times when staff members are performing their duties, including the period following the call of any election at the provincial level. They also cover all communications made by a staff member, including those made on social media.

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

Consult the guidelines (French only)