Manitoba Government Code of Conduct

Annex A: Code of Conduct for Political Staff

Values for an Ethical Public Service

The Code is founded on the Manitoba government's ethical values. These values provide a common framework and guide the expected behaviour and conduct of all Manitoba government employees. The following are the Manitoba government's core values, including some examples of how these values are demonstrated through the actions and behaviours of political staff. Further details on how political staff demonstrate these values are included in the Expected Behaviours section. 

Respect for Others

All employees must treat others with respect, courtesy and dignity, and value the diversity of their fellow employees and the public by being open to the exchange of different perspectives and ideas. Political staff should treat others equitably and with fairness and honesty.


Political staff must exhibit integrity and the highest standards of personal conduct so that public trust in integrity, objectivity and impartiality of the government is conserved and enhanced. They must not conduct themselves in a manner that would reflect adversely on the Manitoba government, their office, or other employees.


As public office holders, political staff are expected to act with honesty and in good faith. They must place the interests of the employer, and the people of Manitoba ahead of their own personal interests. To ensure they are acting in the public interest, political staff must resolve conflicts of interest, maintain confidentiality of information gained as a result of their work, and be careful stewards of public resources.

Skill and Dedication

In order to provide high quality and prompt service, political staff must give their best to meet performance standards and organizational requirements. They must be open to continual learning and innovation, and must promote excellence by maintaining and improving their knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies, as well as assist in enhancing those of their colleagues.