Social Media Usage Policy

Social Media Usage Policy

The Ethics Commissioner is an independent institution whose holder is appointed by the National Assembly. We are responsible for ensuring that the values set out in the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for Members of the National Assembly are respected and that the conduct rules applicable to Members of the National Assembly and their staff are applied. In order to raise awareness of the Code and our institution, we want to reach the public directly through social media.

This policy establishes the basis for our presence on social media and clarifies what can be expected from us and from Internet users who are interested in our activities.

Published Content

The information we publish on social media is related to our activities and the application of the rules under our responsibility. In particular, we use these platforms to circulate the latest news related to our institution, our various publications concerning the interpretation of the rules we must apply or any other report we produce. Our presence is supported by our team members who provide factual and non-partisan information.
In addition to the publications we publish, we may also relay content from other organizations or websites in order to stimulate discussion and reflection on parliamentary ethics and deontology or, more generally, on democratic life. This sharing is for information purposes only. We are not responsible for the information found on external sites and our sharing should not be construed as approving or endorsing any position taken by a third party.
Our official positions are those published on our website and in our official publications. Our social media publications should not be considered as a source of legal information.

Responses to Questions and Comments 

We ensure a presence on social media during working hours. We are not able to manage our accounts on a continuous and real-time basis, but we will review all comments. We cannot answer all questions exhaustively. You can visit our website to find information about our institution and the rules we are responsible for applying. All formal requests or requests, including those from the media, must be made by email (info@ced-qc.ca) or by phone (418 643-1277).

No comments will be made on specific cases, ongoing inquiries or the advisability of triggering them.

Rules of Conduct and Moderation

We encourage constructive, courteous and respectful exchanges. Comments must be relevant and related to the subject under discussion. We do not tolerate:

  • Discriminatory, defamatory or hateful messages;
  • Aggressive, abusive or conflict-generating messages;
  • Messages used for partisan, commercial or other promotion;
  • Messages published repeatedly.

The comments of Internet users are of a public nature. Each of them is responsible for the content they publish. We therefore encourage them to ensure the authenticity of the information they convey, to exercise caution regarding the disclosure of personal information and to ensure that they have all necessary authorizations related to the content they publish, if applicable.

We reserve the right to moderate or delete a message or block a user if they do not respect the principles set out above. These rules of use may be modified at any time and without notice.

Following and Followers

An Internet user's following of our accounts on social networks should not be interpreted as a reflection of any support on our part. We do not control the membership lists on our pages, other than the actions taken against users who violate the rules of conduct set out above. We are not responsible for the activities, statements and comments of users who adhere to our pages, nor for the content of publications in which we are identified by a third party.

We subscribe to accounts of organizations or individuals that are relevant to our mission. It is not a guarantee or support for the individuals or entities concerned.

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