Focus On

Legault nominated for Senate ethics officer position

Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 2:20 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

A former federal associate deputy minister of justice is the prime minister’s choice for Senate ethics officer.

Pierre Legault, who has been serving as interim Senate ethics officer since June, has been nominated to take on the role full time.

Fluently bilingual, Legault spent over 34 years with the Department of Justice in progressively senior positions. Some of his titles include senior counsel and head of the National Capital Commission legal services division, and corporate secretary and senior counsel and head of Investment Canada’s legal services. 

He also served in Industry Canada’s legal services group, which fell under the control of the Department of Justice. While there he was senior counsel and manager of the commercial law division, general counsel and manager, and senior general counsel and manager. 

From 2008 until 2012, Legault was assistant deputy minister of the business and regulatory law portfolio and from 2012 until 2016, he was associate deputy minister of justice. 

“I am pleased to announce the nomination of Pierre Legault as the next Senate ethics officer. With his extensive background as a lawyer in the federal government and his most recent experience as interim Senate ethics officer, I trust that Mr. Legault will help maintain and increase the public trust and confidence in the Senate of Canada,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an announcement. 

The appointment is considered by the Governor-in-Council after consultation with the leader of every recognized party and group in the Senate and after approval of the appointment by resolution of the Senate. The position lasts for a seven-year term.