MPs in New Brunswick will soon have to comply with a code of ethics, as is the case in other provinces.
Green Party MP David Coon convinced others to accept the idea of having a code of ethics. He had introduced a first motion in 2015, with no success, and then a second motion in 2016, which was passed.
The first objective is to better define the role of MPs, whether in the legislature or in their constituency. For example, the number of days per week that MPs’ offices in their constituencies should be open.
Ethics is the second goal. It’s about what members should do and what they should not do. For example, can they take a second job? If so, what kind of job?
A first version coming “soon”
David Coon asked in the House on Friday where we were in the process of writing the code of ethics. The government said it is preparing the code of ethics. A proposal will be considered by a parliamentary committee. It will be done soon, we promise.
“It’s important because having a code of conduct in any profession is important. There are many professionals who have codes of conduct in their profession and if we want parliamentarians to lead in such a way, in a way that is acceptable to all, by the entire population and the community. society, I think it’s good that we do it, “says Liberal MP Shediac-Beaubassin-Cap-Pelé, Victor Boudreau.
The federal government and several provinces already have a code of ethics for their members. This is the case of Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.
Their codes include many variants. Some are elaborate, others only have one page or two.