The Ontario Bar Association quotes Toronto and Ottawa lawyer Guy Giorno in an article about professional interactions with political staffers.
Mr. Guy Giorno reviewed, in his paper, relevant Law Society rules of conduct that apply when interacting with political staff. Mr. Giorno is the Integrity Commissioner for 15 Ontario municipalities. He served as chief of staff to the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada and chief of staff and legal counsel to the 22nd Premier of Ontario. He is the head of Fasken Martineau’s Government Ethics, Transparency and Political Law practice and teaches political management at Carleton University.
Mr. Giorno emphasized that while political staffers are described as the minister’s alter ego, the minister’s proxy and an extension of the minister, the minister’s office is not an entity, has no delegated authority (unlike the deputy minister), and no operational authority.