Manitoba Government Code of Conduct

Annex A: Code of Conduct for Political Staff

Roles and Responsibilities

Political Staff

Political staff are responsible for adhering to the values and expected behaviours of the Code and other government directives including those in the Public Service Regulation - Part 6 (Political Staff). Where an employee is unsure of the appropriate ethical course of action, they should seek guidance from their supervisor.

Political staff have a duty to report any situation that they believe is in violation of the Code.  Such concerns should be disclosed in a timely manner, as per the process outlined in the Violations of the Code section.

Head of the Political Staff

The head of the political staff is responsible for overseeing the administration of the Code for political staff. They must ensure that political staff receive, read, and understand their responsibilities under the Code, and regularly engage (e.g. through regular reminders, discussions at staff meetings) with political staff regarding their responsibilities and compliance with the Code.

The head of the political staff may also implement supplementary directives respecting the unique responsibilities or requirements affecting their respective areas. 

Where they have observed a violation or where concerns are brought to their attention, they must act in a timely manner to address the situation. Once addressed, they must monitor the workplace to ensure there is no recurrence of such behaviour. They must also ensure there are no acts of reprisal taken against employees who have brought forward concerns.

Public Service Commission (human resources)

The Public Service Commission provides policy direction, as well as advice and support on the administration of the Code. Public Service Commission staff will also typically lead investigations into alleged violations of the Code.