Members of the National Assembly

The MNAs are subject to the ethical principles and rules of conduct established by the Code of ethics and conduct of the Members of the National Assembly, as are the Cabinet Ministers, including anyone who is a member of the Conseil exécutif but not the National Assembly.

This section presents the main provisions in the Code concerning the values and ethical principles to which the Members must adhere and their ethical obligations. It also includes the texts published by the Ethics Commissioner related to the Code.

Values and Ethical Principles

Values prescribed by the Code

The Code proclaims the values of the National Assembly, which are:

  • commitment to improving the social and economic situation of Quebecers;
  • high regard for and the protection of the National Assembly and its democratic institutions; and
  • respect for other Members, public servants and citizens.

The conduct of Members must be characterized by benevolence, integrity, adaptability, wisdom, honesty, sincerity and justice. Consequently, Members:

  • show loyalty towards the people of Québec;
  • recognize that it is their duty to serve the citizens;
  • show rigour and diligence;
  • seek the truth and keep their word; and
  • preserve the memory of how the National Assembly and its democratic institutions work.

Adherence to the values and ethical principles

Members recognize that adherence to these values is essential to maintain the people’s confidence in both them and the National Assembly.

These values and ethical principles are not specific standards to be applied mechanically. They are drafted in general terms to guide the Members in carrying out their duties of office and in fulfilling their public interest mission.

More specifically, Members must refer to these values when determining the rules of conduct applicable to them. The Commissioner must also take these values into account when interpreting those rules. As part of the Commissioner’s advisory role, he or she often recommends that Members bear in mind the values and ethical principles expressed in the Code when carrying out their duties of office.

Reference: Sections 6 to 9 of the Code of ethics and conduct of the Members of the National Assembly (CQLR, chapter C-23.1)

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