In New Brunswick, Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) do not have a Code of Conduct. Last year, I put forward a motion that would begin the process of defining our specific roles and responsibilities. Unfortunately the session ended before I was able to bring this motion forward for debate. On 15 November 2016 I reintroduced the motion. It reads:
WHEREAS all members of the Legislative Assembly are elected representatives of the people of New Brunswick;
WHEREAS it is important that the role and responsibilities of MLAs be well understood by the public;
WHEREAS it would be helpful for Members of the Legislative Assembly to have guidelines to aid them in the conduct of their duties;
WHEREAS the effectiveness of MLAs, and their accountability to the people of New Brunswick, may be improved if the Legislative Assembly establishes a formal statement of the key roles and responsibilities of MLAs;
WHEREAS the Legislative Administration Committee recommended the adoption of a statement on the Roles and Responsibilities of an MLA and a Code of Conduct for MLAs in its report to the Legislative Assembly tabled April 3, 2003;
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Standing Committee on Procedure, Privileges and Legislative Officers take into consideration the adoption of a statement on the Roles and Responsibilities of an MLA and a Code of Conduct for MLAs.