Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Beefing Up, Harmonizing Code of Conduct Rules for Boards, Agencies

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Beefing Up, Harmonizing Code of Conduct Rules for Boards, Agencies

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Alberta beefing up conduct rules for boards

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EDMONTON - Alberta is beefing up and harmonizing codes of conduct for those who work at its 136 core agencies.

"We're putting in a consistent set of rules across all agencies, boards, and commissions that we believe are necessary to show the integrity of the work that everyone does," said Finance Minister Joe Ceci Wednesday as he introduced the proposed changes to the Conflicts of Interest Act.

Ceci said the boards have codes of conduct, but improvements and legal teeth are needed.

"What we don't see across those codes of conduct is consistency," he said.

Under the proposed changes, the boards would have to bring in codes of conduct restricting employees and board members from accepting gifts and curtailing anything that personally benefit, or could appear to personally benefit, that employee. …

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