The Library of Parliament has updated a research publication that describes the Appointment of Officers of Parliament
"Officers of Parliament are responsible directly to Parliament rather than
to the government or a federal minister. This emphasizes their independence from
the government of the day. They carry out duties assigned by statute and report
to one or both chambers of Parliament."
"There are eight officers of Parliament: 1) the Auditor General; 2) the Chief
Electoral Officer; 3) the Commissioner of Official Languages; 4) the Information
Commissioner; 5) the Privacy Commissioner; 6) the Conflict of Interest and Ethics
Commissioner; 7) the Commissioner of Lobbying; and 8) the Public Sector
"Federally, there is no statutory definition of what constitutes a parliamentary
officer; however, the role and function of these officers should not be confused
with those of other positions such as the Clerk of either house, the Sergeant-at-Arms,
the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel or the Parliamentary Librarian. The latter
officials assist Parliament in procedural and administrative matters, whereas
officers of Parliament support Parliament in its accountability and scrutiny
functions and in carrying out other tasks (...)"
"This document looks at the
eight parliamentary officer positions listed above."
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