40. The Ethics Commissioner must conduct inquiries in private and with due dispatch. The Ethics Commissioner must allow the office staff member concerned to present a full and complete defence, including an opportunity to submit observations and, if the office staff member so requests, to be heard, including on the question of whether he or she has violated the rules of conduct set out in this regulation.
The Ethics Commissioner must not comment publicly on a verification or inquiry but may confirm that a request for a verification or an inquiry has been received or that a verification or inquiry is under way or has been completed. The Ethics Commissioner may also state why, after a verification, the Ethics Commissioner decided not to conduct an inquiry.
Decision 2013-03-15, s. 40.