Political Activity Restrictions – A Real-Time Case

Political activity rules governing public servants, in Ontario and elsewhere, seek to balance the need for a professional, non-partisan public service with the need to respect public servants’ political and constitutional rights.

While specific rules vary across jurisdictions, determining what is or is not a political activity, and when engaging in political activity might affect the ability of a particular public servant to carry out his or her duties to the Crown, is one of the more challenging aspects of public sector ethics oversight.

Below are some links to an interesting real-time case that demonstrate the challenge of finding the right balance.

Federal lawyer defies PSC over political bid

Lawyer’s union to fight for prosecutor turned political hopeful

The Hill: Decision against federal lawyer’s election run sparks outrage in Ottawa