Political Staff

Political staff members are subject to the Rules of conduct applicable to the staff of Members and House Officers of the National Assembly (Rules) and the Regulation respecting the rules of conduct applicable to the office staff of Ministers (Regulation).

The Rules apply to office staff of MNAs and House Officers of the National Assembly, including staff hired to assist a political party or an independent member for research and support purposes.  As for Regulation, they set out rules aimed at the executive secretary and other office staff appointed by a minister, including electoral division staff and regional staff.

This section presents the main provisions of both the Rules and the Regulation concerning the values and ethical principles to which the staff members must adhere and their ethical obligations. It also includes the texts published by the Ethics Commissioner related to these texts.

Values and Ethical Principles

The Rules and the Regulation proclaim 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
  • respect for MNAs, public servants and citizens

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

  • 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.

These values and ethical principles are not specific standards to be applied mechanically. They are drafted in general terms to guide the staff members in carrying out their duties of office and in appreciating the rules of conduct applicable to them. The Commissioner must also take these values into account when interpreting those rules.

Reference:
Sections 3 and 4 of the Rules of conduct applicable to the staff of Members and House officers of the National Assembly (PDF, 128 Ko) (French only)
Sections 4 and 5 of the Regulation respecting the rules of conduct applicable to the office staff of Ministers
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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