Officers of Parliament
At the federal level in Canada, the term “Officers of Parliament” traditionally refers to those independent positions created to assist Parliament in holding ministers and the bureaucracy accountable and to protect various kinds of rights and interests, or to carry out certain functions independent of the Executive. The holders of these offices are responsible to Parliament rather than to the federal government or an individual Minister, and their appointments (and removal from office) usually involve Parliament in some capacity.
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