02/25/2014 11:01 EST | Updated 04/27/2014 05:59 EDT

Watchdogs testify on bill partisan activities

A trio of parliamentary watchdogs is set to appear before the House Ethics committee this morning to share their perspectives on Conservative MP Mark Adler's bid to force agents of Parliament and their staff to publicly declare past political activity as part of a job application process.

Auditor General Michael Ferguson, Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson and Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand will follow Adler in testifying at the committee Tuesday. is carrying the committee hearing live.

The activities covered by Adler's bill would include, but are not limited to, ministerial staff gigs, riding association executive positions and part-time work for a political party.

Adler himself will be given one hour to explain the rationale behind his private members' bill, which has already managed to garner the preliminary support of the government at second reading.

Under Adler's bill, successful applicants would also have to sign an undertaking vowing to "conduct themselves in a non-partisan manner," and could find themselves under investigation if an MP or senator files a written allegation of partisan conduct.

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