I assume the following:
- A lawyer employed by the Government of Canada (GC) has an attorney-client relationship with GC.
- The "attorney" is the lawyer, the "client" is "Government of Canada".
- The lawyer owes GC the duty of loyalty.
- The lawyer owes GC the duty of confidentiality.
- The lawyer owes GC the duty of competence.
- The 3 duties above have no "expiration" date, they survive the lawyer's employment by GC.
- It it possible for the lawyer to ever claim, following the event of his taking GC employment, that he does not have a relationship with GC ?
- Is it possible for the lawyer's 3 duties to be nullified in some way? How?
- Are there technical differences between a GC lawyer's professional obligations and any other (non GC) lawyer's ?
- Can the GC expect that the fired / retired / resigned lawyer will continue to act in GC's interest, and not against GC's interest (assuming conflicts of interest are resolved via consent)?
- Can the lawyer act against GC's interest, in some matter he has GC confidential info, but ethically justify it in some way (eg, sorry bro, retired / fired / resigned / other?).
In short, can it be said "Once a government lawyer, always a government lawyer"? Can the government expect this lawyer not to turn against it, under any circumstances in the future?