Canadians have entrusted their government to ensure the situation, when the institutions and the individuals who run them, are fully responsible for the policies adopted by them, and for the actions taken by them. This means that the Government is obliged to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior. In order for the Canadians to trust their political institutions and elected representatives, they themselves should be involved in the political life of the country. The Government must recognize that the responsibility is not a concession it does and not a set of formal legal rules that must be followed, but it is the very essence of its role as an instrument by which Canadians govern themselves.
In the Canadian system of government, the principle of responsibility is the most evident in the Parliament, whose task is to monitor the government’s work. Consequently, the Ministers have to put their responsibility and accountability to Parliament to the top, demonstrating it through the respect and support of the parliamentary process.
The improvement of the efficiency of Parliament’s is awaited from ministers due to the fact that they need to pay very close attention to their parliamentary duties. Their job in the Parliament should be characterized by a constructive approach and a higher degree of integrity in order to achieve readiness to cooperate on the part of colleagues and the respect of Canadians.
Ministers are obliged to act in good faith. In order for the atmosphere of trust to develop not only in government, but also in the whole system of government, ministers must meet the highest standards of integrity and impartiality. The performance of their official duties and their personal affairs are under the scrutiny of society.
Ministers are responsible for ensuring that their ministries are controlled effectively and with absolute professional integrity. They must perform their duties with careful consideration of powers, duties and functions assigned to them by the legislation and constitutional traditions.
Ministers are accountable to Parliament for the performance of all the powers assigned to them. This requires constant attention from them to perform parliamentary duties, including the duty to be present in Parliament; to fairly and accurately answer the questions concerning the scope of their responsibilities and take necessary measures to change the situation within their authority; to address any problems that may arise within the scope of their competence.
Canadians have entrusted their government to ensure the situation, when the institutions and the individuals who run them, are fully responsible for the policies adopted by them, and for the actions taken by them. This means that the Government is obliged to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.