THE SENATE ADOPTS A NEW ETHICS AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST CODE FOR SENATORS
OTTAWA, June 18, 2014 – Senator Claude Carignan, Leader of the Government in the Senate, is pleased to underline changes made by the Senate to the new Ethics and Conflict of Interest Code for Senators.
The Code, amongst other changes, now states that Senators’ conduct shall uphold the highest standards of dignity inherent to the position of Senator, and that Senators should refrain from acting in a way that could reflect adversely on the position of Senator or the institution of the Senate.
Also, amongst other changes, Senators will be required to disclose known trusts from which they could derive a direct or indirect benefit.
“These are new measures which meet Canadians’ expectations of their Parliamentarians. The Senate is responding by modernizing its institution. The new Ethics and Conflict of Interest Code is one of several measures taken to meet this objective”, reminded Senator Carignan. “This is the second in a series of changes to the Code in the past few months. We must keep in mind that the Code will evolve with time to reflect the change in attitudes and to enhance public confidence in the Senate and Senators.”
“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Chair of the Standing Committee on Conflict of Interest for Senators, the Hon. Raynell Andreychuk, for her excellent work. I would also like to thank the other members of the Committee, the Hon. Senators Serge Joyal, Joan Cordy, Linda Frum and Scott Tannas, for their contribution”, concluded the Senate Government Leader, Senator Claude Carignan.
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