If only there was some sort of guide for situations like these

Randomly selected excerpts from Accountable Government: A Guide for Ministers and Ministers of State.

Ministers have direct administrative responsibilities flowing from their ministerial duties…

Ministers and Ministers of State are personally responsible for the conduct and operation of their offices. They hire their own office staff, who are known as “political” or “exempt” staff…

The Prime Minister holds Ministers and Ministers of State personally accountable for the security of their staff and offices, as well as of “Confidences of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada” (commonly referred to as Cabinet confidences) and other sensitive information in their custody. The Privy Council Office briefs Ministers and Ministers of State on applicable security requirements.

The guide was updated in 2008 and is signed—see page eight of the PDF version—by Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada.

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