Code of Conduct
The Liberal Party of Canada is dedicated to the principles of individual freedom, responsibility and human dignity in the framework of a just society, and political freedom in the framework of meaningful participation by all persons. It is the expectation of the Party that all candidates for elected office of the Liberal Party of Canada or one of its Commissions, at all times, conduct themselves in accordance with these ideals and with regard for the history and traditions of the Party.
Principles of Integrity
Competing for Public Support Responsibly We compete vigorously for public support, but we do not disparage those competing against us. Instead, we present our own strengths. We respect our confidential information. We never engage in illegal conduct. We will work with other Liberals on Party matters for the benefit of the Party and the public good.
Working with Others
We choose those with whom we work, keeping in mind our commitment to honour the public trust. We do not work with people or businesses whose values are incompatible with ours. Where a volunteer or an outside service provider will have a significant role in Party activities, we make sure that they follow this Code of Conduct.
Donations and Fundraising
We strive to keep accurate reports of who is providing financial and other support for the Liberal Party of Canada. We do this so we can have sufficient funds to carry on the business of the Party. We report actual contributions and incur and report expenses only in accordance with Party policies and the rules and regulations of the Canada Elections Act.
Using Information Responsibly
We protect confidential information obtained as well as private personal information about our people and others. We safeguard such information vigilantly. We use and disclose such information only for appropriate purposes and in accordance with law and personal standards. Consistent with our confidentiality obligations, we use and share our insights and knowledge within the Liberal Party of Canada for the purpose of enhancing our ability to serve our members.
Documenting Our Business
We maintain appropriate documentation of business transactions in accordance with all legal and personal requirements. We never destroy or alter, or counsel the destruction or alteration of, documents for any illegal or improper purpose. We formulate our document retention policies with these requirements in mind.
Employing Legally Protected Resources
We use a wide variety of resources, such as personal information and online resources that are developed through the hard work of persons inside and outside the Party. We respect the restrictions on use and reproduction that are a condition of our access to such information.
The Liberal Party of Canada expects the highest levels of personal conduct by all of us. Honesty and integrity form the cornerstones of relationships inside and outside the Liberal Party of Canada.
Volunteers play a vital role in the fulfillment of many of our goals. In some cases, the volunteer is highly visible. In other cases, volunteer activities are not well formalized or widely recognized. It is therefore very important to ensure our volunteers preserve and strengthen the reputation of the Liberal Party of Canada by acting consistently with this Code of Conduct.
Conduct in the Community
Everyone has the right to work in an environment free of harassment. Harassment creates an intimidating or hostile work environment and disrupts or interferes with another’s work. Ethical personal conduct while doing Liberal Party of Canada activities means treating oneself and others with respect and fairness.
Harassment is any unwelcome or unwanted attention or discriminatory conduct based on an individual’s race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, medical condition or disability, sexual orientation, or any illegal or inappropriate basis. It can include other verbal, nonverbal, or physical abuse. Something that is considered harmless by one individual may be perceived as harassment by another.
The Liberal Party of Canada expects all of us to conduct ourselves in an appropriate manner and to conduct Party business with appropriate behavior and integrity. If harassment does occur, we should report incidents as prescribed by the Harassment Policy adopted by the National Board of Directors
All candidates for elected office of the Liberal Party of Canada or one of its Commissions should familiarize themselves with the Harassment Policy.
We will safeguard all proprietary information by marking information accordingly, keeping it secure and limiting access to those who have a need to know in order to do their work. Proprietary information includes any information that is not generally known to the public and is helpful to the Liberal Party of Canada. It also includes information that others have entrusted to us. The obligation to preserve proprietary information continues even after relationships with Liberal Party of Canada end.
The Liberal Party of Canada recognizes the vital role that clear and effective communication plays in sustaining relationships and safeguarding public confidence in its activities.
Openness and transparency of operations are a key goal, subject to the demands of political confidentiality. Effective internal communication is of vital importance to the success of the Liberal Party of Canada, and open and honest two-way communication is encouraged.
All records and communications should be clear, truthful and accurate. Political and business records and communications often become public through litigation, government investigations and the media.
We will avoid exaggeration, colourful language, guesswork, legal conclusions or derogatory remarks or characterizations of people. This applies to communications of all kinds, including e-mail and “informal” notes or memos. Records should always be retained and destroyed according to the Standard record retention policies.
Staff of all candidates for elected office of the Liberal Party of Canada or one of its Commissions should familiarize themselves with the Communications Protocol that forms part of the National Board of Directors Orientation Handbook.
When they relate to the Liberal Party of Canada rather than to the campaign of the candidates for elected office of the Liberal Party of Canada or one of its Commissions, media communications and enquiries should be referred to the appropriate Liberal Party of Canada spokesperson. No candidate for elected office of the Liberal Party of Canada or one of its Commissions or volunteer or staff working with a candidate may represent themselves as official spokespeople of the Liberal Party of Canada unless they have been so designated by the National Board of Directors or the National Director.
Unauthorized Use of Liberal Party of Canada Assets
We are obligated to protect the assets of the Liberal Party of Canada Party property, such as cash or other party funds, database information, or office equipment, may not be used for personal or any other reason other than Party business. Any misuse or misappropriation of Liberal Party of Canada funds, information, equipment, facilities or other assets may be considered criminal behaviour and can bring severe consequences.
Expenses may not be charged to the Liberal Party of Canada unless they are for Liberal Party of Canada purposes and must be accompanied by the appropriate authorizations and in the process set out by the Expenditure Authorization Guidelines as set out in the National Board of Directors Orientation Handbook. Liberal Party of Canada computers may not be used to access inappropriate Internet sites or to obtain or store unauthorized software (that is, pirated or unlicensed). Assigned Liberal Party of Canada property must be maintained in good condition.
Doing Business with Others
We will not do business with others who are likely to harm the Liberal Party of Canada’s reputation. We will not use a third party to perform any act prohibited by law or by this Code of Conduct.
The Wider Community
Our reputation and identity are among the Liberal Party of Canada’s most valuable assets. No one should act in a way, or make any statement in any media, including Internet chat rooms and our internal electronic media, that adversely affects the reputation or image of the Liberal Party of Canada in the community at large. Only those designated by the National Board of Directors or the National Director may act as official spokespeople for the Liberal Party of Canada.
The Liberal Party of Canada seeks financial support for the Party and its Candidates, who stand behind the principles of a strong private sector and democratic government. Financial support shall only be given as permitted by Canada Elections Act and in accordance with Ethical Fundraising Guidelines approved by the National Board of Directors.
Candidates for elected office of the Liberal Party of Canada or one of its Commissions will undertake its fund raising activities with the same high ethical standards and accountability that the Party holds for all its operations.
These standards will respect the donor’s privacy with respect to solicitation and ensure that our fundraising staff and volunteers adhere to applicable professional codes of ethics and standards of practices.
Communicating to External Audiences
We are expected to cooperate with reasonable requests for information from government agencies and regulators.
All information provided must be truthful and accurate. We will not alter or destroy documents or records in response to an investigation or other lawful request.
The Liberal Party of Canada encourages us to contribute to our communities through involvement with other charitable, political, community service and personal organizations. We are free to do so as long as we make it clear that our views and actions are not those of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Compliance with Law
We act at all times in full compliance with both the letter and the spirit of legislative and regulatory requirements. We are not expected to commit or condone an unethical or illegal act or to instruct others to do so. We benefit from and comply with Canadian laws. We are expected to be sufficiently familiar with any laws that apply to our work to recognize potential dangers and to know when to seek legal advice. If in doubt, we should seek the guidance of independent legal counsel.
DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE CODE OF CONDUCT
I, David Hurford, shall comply with the letter and spirit of this Code of Conduct and with the policies and procedures of the Liberal Party of Canada, and I shall communicate any suspected violations promptly to the National Director of the Liberal Party of Canada.
I have read and agree to comply with this Code of Conduct and I have communicated, and will communicate, the contents of this Code of Conduct to those with whom I work during my campaign as a candidate for elected office of the Liberal Party of Canada or one of its Commissions for office I have no knowledge of any violation. I agree that if I come into knowledge of any violation under this Code of Conduct, I shall promptly inform the National Director of the Liberal Party of Canada.
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