An established rules of conduct for Members of Caucus to help guide them in order to be better organized and help avoid controversies for both the Party and Party Members and to secure the public interest.
Currently there are no rules or regarding the roles or guidelines regarding the roles or
responsibilities of Caucus.
This motion would establish rules of conduct for Members of Caucus to promote integrity,
openness and transparency, and to secure the public interest.
There is currently no applicable section in the PC Party of Ontario's Constitution
The LFLA PC Ontario Association moves that Article 31 be added and read:
Article 31 Caucus - Rules of Conduct
Caucus Members are expected to observe the following rules of conduct.
a) No Caucus Member shall act as a paid advocate in any proceeding of the House.
b) There shall be no acceptance of any fee, compensation or reward in connection with the
promotion of, or opposition to, any Bill, Motion, or other matter submitted, or intended
to be submitted to the House, or to any Committee of the House, by a Caucus Member to
influence his or her conduct as a Member.
c) Caucus Members shall be free to vote in the interests of their constituents and/or their
conscience on Private Members Business or matters of conscience and/or faith, and shall
be free to do so without sanction or fear of repercussion.
d) Information which Caucus Members receive in confidence in the course of their
legislative duties shall be used only in connection with those duties. Such information
must never be used for the purpose of financial gain.
e) Caucus Members are personally responsible and accountable for ensuring that their use
of any expenses, allowances, facilities and services provided from the public purse is in
accordance with the rules laid down on these matters. Caucus Members shall ensure that
their use of public resources is always in support of their legislative duties. It should not
confer any undue personal or financial benefit on themselves or anyone else, or confer
undue advantage on a political organisation. This includes the use of funds assigned for
general Caucus services by the Leader’s Office or any other Caucus Member
f) Caucus Members shall never undertake any action which would cause significant
damage to the reputation and integrity of the Legislative Assembly as a whole, of the PC
Caucus or the PC Party of Ontario generally.
g) No Caucus Member shall be removed from Caucus without the expressed consent and
agreement by Caucus. Consent, for these purposes, is defined as by a democratic vote
requiring Caucus voting in favour of the Member’s removal.
h) Should the Leader be found in violation of any of these Rules of Conduct by Caucus,
Caucus reserves the right to remove the Leader.
i) The following Caucus positions shall be filled by a democratic vote of Caucus:
i. Deputy House Leader(s);
ii. Chief Whip;
iii. Deputy Whip(s);
iv. Committee Chair(s);
v. Deputy Speaker(s); and
vi. Any other paid position as identified by the Standing Orders