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Integrity Commissioner

The Integrity Commissioner is an independent and impartial position reporting directly to Council. The Integrity Commissioner is responsible for oversight of the Code of Conduct for Members of Council and the Gifts Registry including providing advice to Members of Council, issuing interpretations and reports, investigating complaints and, where necessary, recommending sanctions. The position is also delegated the role of the Lobbyist Registrar and Meetings Investigator.

Meetings Investigator

The City’s Meetings Investigator is an officer appointed by City Council to review requests for investigation regarding whether a meeting of City Council, a local board or a committee of either was properly closed to the public.

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Role of the Integrity Commissioner

The Integrity Commissioner is an independent and impartial position that reports directly to City Council and whose powers and duties are set out in the Municipal Act, 2001.

The Commissioner is responsible for:

  • Overseeing the City’s Lobbyist Registry 
  • Ensuring compliance with the Lobbyist Registry and the Lobbyist Code of Conduct, investigating complaints, and imposing sanctions
  • Acting as the City’s Meeting Investigator
  • Assisting in the creation of a Code of Conduct, Expense Policy and Gifts Registry for Members of Council and providing education and advice to Members of Council on the application and interpretation of the Code of Conduct and other ethics-related policies

Rulings and periodic reports by the Integrity Commissioner will be posted on ottawa.ca. The Commissioner will produce an annual report summarizing complaints, investigations and advice and will make recommendations for any improvements to the accountability process.

City Council approved the establishment of an Integrity Commissioner as part of the City’s Accountability Framework, which contains key elements of governance renewal intended to make municipal government more transparent and accountable.

Integrity Commissioner's biography

Robert Marleau, B.A., D.U.

Robert Marleau has 32 years of parliamentary service, 13 of which were spent as Clerk of the House of Commons (DM 2 equivalent). He left a rich legacy of achievement, including the authoritative procedural manual House of Commons Procedure and Practice, now in use in most Canadian legislatures.

On his retirement in 2001 he was made an honorary officer of the House of Commons by unanimous resolution of the House, and received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Ottawa, his alma mater.

During his career at the House of Commons he occupied such positions as Deputy Secretary General for Interparliamentary Relations, Principal Clerk of the Committees Branch, Clerk Assistant, Clerk of the House and Special Advisor to the Speaker of the House. As Clerk of the House he was secretary to the Board of Internal Economy (BOIE).

His international assignments included serving as President of the parliamentary management committee for parliamentary co-operation with Russia and involvement with parliamentary co-operation with African, Caribbean and other Commonwealth countries. He has attended many Commonwealth, European and Francophonie international conferences. He also participated in missions to Hong Kong and Cuba.

He is a lifetime member of the Commonwealth Society of Clerks at the Table, an honorary member of the Association of Canadian Clerks at the Table and an honorary member of the Association of Former Parliamentarians.

In June 2003, he was appointed by the Governor in Council for a six-month term as Interim Privacy Commissioner of Canada with a mandate to restore credibility and sound management practices to the Privacy Office following the resignation of the former Commissioner. In December 2003, he returned to retirement and his parliamentary consulting practice with clients in Canadian, Caribbean and African legislatures, as well as municipal councils in Canada.

In January 2007, by unanimous resolution of the Senate and of the House of Commons, he was appointed Information Commissioner of Canada. After serving for two years and renewing and re-engineering the OIC and presenting a legislative review to Parliament, he returned to retirement in 2009.

He has appeared several times before House of Commons and Senate committees as an expert witness. He also has worked with McLaughlin Associates (CEO TV) as an associate in training programs for witnesses appearing before parliamentary committees.

He was a member of the panel of external senior advisors for the Auditor General's Office and has completed several assignments for that office. He was also a member of the panel of external advisors for the Public Service Commission of Canada

As part of his consulting practice, he has completed several assignments under contract for government departments and agencies (PCO, Treasury Board, PWGSC etc.)

He has also done work in Namibia, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

He is a recognized expert in parliamentary practice and procedure and has proven management and strategic planning skills.

Security clearance: Top Secret

Honours:

  • Doctorate Honoris Causa, University of Ottawa
  • Honourary Table Officer of the House of Commons
  • Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
  • Canada 125 Medal
  • Knight, Sovereign Military Order of Malta
  • Commander, Ordre de la Pléiade et de la Francophonie
  • Officer, Ordre de la Pléiade et de la Francophonie

Married to Ann, with two sons and four grandchildren

To contact the Integrity Commissioner, e-mail integrity@ottawa.ca.