Parliamentary expert named new integrity commissioner

A former federal information commissioner and interim privacy commissioner, Robert Marleau, has been appointed as the City of Ottawa's new integrity commissioner, it was announced today.
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A long-serving contributor to the public service with decades of experience in parliamentary procedure is the City of Ottawa's new integrity commissioner.

Robert Marleau, appointed Wednesday, will oversee the city's new lobbyist registry, which comes into effect on Sept. 1.

He will also start working Sept. 10 to help create a code of conduct for city councillors, as well as oversee the new policies and investigate and advise on the code of conduct. He will also recommend sanctions against those who break the code.

Marleau will produce an annual report to city council on complaints and investigations, while making recommendations for any improvements to accountability. These reports will be available on the city's website.

Marleau worked on parliamentary procedure for 32 years, including 13 years as the clerk of the House of Commons. He also wrote the manual on House of Commons procedure.

In his time on Parliament Hill, Marleau also served as the interim federal privacy commissioner and the federal information commissioner. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal.