Parliament of Canada Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. P-1)

Act current to 2015-08-30 and last amended on 2015-06-23. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Mandate

 The mandate of the Commissioner is to

  • (a) carry out the functions of the Commissioner referred to in sections 86 and 87; and

  • (b) provide confidential policy advice and support to the Prime Minister in respect of conflict of interest and ethical issues in general.

  • 2006, c. 9, s. 28.
Marginal note:Functions: members of House of Commons
  •  (1) The Commissioner shall perform the duties and functions assigned by the House of Commons for governing the conduct of its members when they are carrying out the duties and functions of their office as members of that House.

  • Marginal note:Privileges and immunities

    (2) The duties and functions of the Commissioner under subsection (1) are carried out within the institution of the House of Commons. The Commissioner enjoys the privileges and immunities of the House of Commons and its members when carrying out those duties and functions.

  • Marginal note:General direction of committee

    (3) The Commissioner shall carry out those duties and functions under the general direction of any committee of the House of Commons that may be designated or established by that House for that purpose.

  • Marginal note:Clarification — ethical principles, etc.

    (4) For greater certainty, the general direction of the committee referred to in subsection (3) does not include the administration of the Conflict of Interest Act in respect of ministers of the Crown, ministers of state or parliamentary secretaries acting in their capacity as ministers of the Crown, ministers of state or parliamentary secretaries.

  • Marginal note:Clarification — powers, etc., of House of Commons

    (5) For greater certainty, this section shall not be interpreted as limiting in any way the powers, privileges, rights and immunities of the House of Commons or its members.

  • 2006, c. 9, s. 28.
Marginal note:No summons
  •  (1) The Commissioner, or any person acting on behalf or under the direction of the Commissioner, is not a competent or compellable witness in respect of any matter coming to his or her knowledge as a result of exercising any powers or performing any duties or functions of the Commissioner under this Act.

  • Marginal note:Protection

    (2) No criminal or civil proceedings lie against the Commissioner, or any person acting on behalf or under the direction of the Commissioner, for anything done, reported or said in good faith in the exercise or purported exercise of any power, or the performance or purported performance of any duty or function, of the Commissioner under this Act.

  • Marginal note:Clarification

    (3) The protection provided under subsections (1) and (2) does not limit any powers, privileges, rights and immunities that the Commissioner may otherwise enjoy.

  • 2006, c. 9, s. 28.