Julie "Bitch" Payette Resigns

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Ex-GG Julie Payette's legal bills nearly topping $250Gs: Report

Costs are in addition to the $393,367 paid to consultants to investigate complaints of harassment at Rideau Hall
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Julie Payette’s ongoing legal expenses have nearly reached $250,000, after she resigned as governor general following complaints of workplace harassment, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.

Account records show a total of $249,627 was paid by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General to two law firms, Caza Saikaley LLP of Ottawa and Blake, Cassels & Graydon of Toronto, the media outlet reports. These costs are in addition to the $393,367 paid to consultants to investigate complaints of harassment at Rideau Hall.

Payette resigned on Jan. 21.

According to a redacted Final Review Report commissioned by the Privy Council and released to the public by Ottawa’s Quintet Consulting Corp., participants described the the work environment as “hostile or negative or used other words to that effect.”
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In the report, 26 people used the words “toxic” or “poisoned” to describe the work culture. Eight people used the expressions “climate or region of fear or terror,” while a dozen people said they were “walking on eggshells” working at Rideau Hall, wrote investigators.

“Reports included allegations of yelling, screaming, aggressive conduct, demeaning comments and public humiliation,” said the report, however, no examples were provided.

There were 17 employees who quit because of the work environment, the report states, while 13 others took paid sick leave.

“Tensions have arisen at Rideau Hall over the past few months and for that I am sorry,” Payette wrote in a farewell statement the same day she resigned.

“For the good of the country and our democratic institutions, I have come to the conclusion that a new governor general should be appointed. Canadians deserve stability in these uncertain times.”

Payette was paid $289,00 a year with a $34.9-million office budget, free use of two manor homes in Ottawa and Quebec City, a chauffeured car and a Challenger jet, according to Blacklock’s Reporter. She remains entitled to a $143,000-a-year pension, and $206,040 in annual office expenses for life. Payette’s secretary, Assunta di Lorenzo, whose salary was $226,000 a year, also resigned.

Payette served three years and three months of her five-year term in that role, the shortest tenure of any governor general since 1972, when colonial appointee Lord Lisgar resigned due to poor health, said Blacklock’s Reporter.
 
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New panel named to advise Trudeau on choosing governor general to succeed Payette
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Julie Payette takes part in a news conference announcing her appointment as Canada's next Governor General, in the Senate foyer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, July 13, 2017.
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OTTAWA — The Liberal government is re-establishing an advisory panel to help select the next governor general.

Six people are on the panel, which was announced Friday by Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc.


He’ll co-chair the group with Janice Charette, a former high commissioner to the United Kingdom now filling in as clerk of the Privy Council while regular clerk Ian Shugart is treated for cancer.

The approach is much like one used by the previous Conservative government but dropped by the Liberals when it was their turn to pick a governor general.

Their choice — former astronaut Julie Payette — resigned earlier this year after a damning report about working conditions at Rideau Hall.

The newly struck advisory group is mandated to submit a shortlist of candidates for the prime minister’s consideration.


In addition to LeBlanc and Charette, the members are:

— Inuit leader Natan Obed

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— Universite de Montreal rector Daniel Jutras

— Former secretary to the governor general Judith LaRocque

— Interim Canada Post chair Suromitra Sanatani

“Members were selected for the diverse perspectives they bring to the work, as well as their expertise on issues relating to government and the Crown in Canada,” LeBlanc’s announcement said.

Canada needs a new governor general “on an expedited basis,” LeBlanc said, so the panel will work as quickly as it can.

The Liberals are governing in a minority situation and a non-confidence vote or request from the prime minister to dissolve Parliament for an election is possible at any time. Having the office filled by a long-term occupant with the standing to deal with constitutional questions is more important than usual.

With the post of governor general vacant, Chief Justice Richard Wagner is carrying out key functions of the job as the “Administrator of the Government of Canada.
 
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MPs take up bill to repeal ex-governor general's 'pension for life'
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Ex-governor general Julie Payette’s pension for life isn’t sitting well with MPs.

The Commons have taken up a Bloc Québécois bill to retroactively eliminate Payette’s pension payments with MPs of all political stripes citing public outrage, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.


“Ms. Payette established a reign of terror,” said Bloc MP Simon Marcil. “She was some boss.”

MPs in second reading debate said constituents were angry over Payette’s pension. She resigned from her job on Jan. 21 before the release of a report that cited her for “yelling, screaming, aggressive conduct, demeaning comments and public humiliation” of employees at Rideau Hall.

“Canadians are rightly outraged,” said Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu.

The bill would repeal lifetime pensions for Rideau Hall appointees retroactive to last Feb. 1 and decrease pay to $1 a year.

“A dollar to live in a castle, to eat like a king, sit on a throne and travel at public expense like a princess, it seems to me that is enough,” said Marcil.

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Payette was paid $289,000 annually and had two manor homes, a chauffeured car and Challenger jet at her disposal.

She’s currently eligible for an annual pension of $143,000 a year for life, plus $206,000 in annual expenses.

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“For individuals living paycheque to paycheque — or seniors who do not have a whole lot of money at the end of the month — that type of behaviour warranting (her) annual pension for the rest of Madam Payette’s time here on earth was problematic,” said Liberal MP Kody Blois.

“Constituents certainly raised it with me.”

Seventeen employees quit Rideau Hall over bullying, according to the report by Ottawa’s Quintet Consulting Corp.
 

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New panel named to advise Trudeau on choosing governor general to succeed Payette
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Julie Payette takes part in a news conference announcing her appointment as Canada's next Governor General, in the Senate foyer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, July 13, 2017.
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OTTAWA — The Liberal government is re-establishing an advisory panel to help select the next governor general.

Six people are on the panel, which was announced Friday by Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc.


He’ll co-chair the group with Janice Charette, a former high commissioner to the United Kingdom now filling in as clerk of the Privy Council while regular clerk Ian Shugart is treated for cancer.

The approach is much like one used by the previous Conservative government but dropped by the Liberals when it was their turn to pick a governor general.

Their choice — former astronaut Julie Payette — resigned earlier this year after a damning report about working conditions at Rideau Hall.

The newly struck advisory group is mandated to submit a shortlist of candidates for the prime minister’s consideration.


In addition to LeBlanc and Charette, the members are:

— Inuit leader Natan Obed

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— Universite de Montreal rector Daniel Jutras

— Former secretary to the governor general Judith LaRocque

— Interim Canada Post chair Suromitra Sanatani

“Members were selected for the diverse perspectives they bring to the work, as well as their expertise on issues relating to government and the Crown in Canada,” LeBlanc’s announcement said.

Canada needs a new governor general “on an expedited basis,” LeBlanc said, so the panel will work as quickly as it can.

The Liberals are governing in a minority situation and a non-confidence vote or request from the prime minister to dissolve Parliament for an election is possible at any time. Having the office filled by a long-term occupant with the standing to deal with constitutional questions is more important than usual.

With the post of governor general vacant, Chief Justice Richard Wagner is carrying out key functions of the job as the “Administrator of the Government of Canada.
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MPs take up bill to repeal ex-governor general's 'pension for life'
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Ex-governor general Julie Payette’s pension for life isn’t sitting well with MPs.

The Commons have taken up a Bloc Québécois bill to retroactively eliminate Payette’s pension payments with MPs of all political stripes citing public outrage, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.


“Ms. Payette established a reign of terror,” said Bloc MP Simon Marcil. “She was some boss.”

MPs in second reading debate said constituents were angry over Payette’s pension. She resigned from her job on Jan. 21 before the release of a report that cited her for “yelling, screaming, aggressive conduct, demeaning comments and public humiliation” of employees at Rideau Hall.

“Canadians are rightly outraged,” said Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu.

The bill would repeal lifetime pensions for Rideau Hall appointees retroactive to last Feb. 1 and decrease pay to $1 a year.

“A dollar to live in a castle, to eat like a king, sit on a throne and travel at public expense like a princess, it seems to me that is enough,” said Marcil.

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Payette was paid $289,000 annually and had two manor homes, a chauffeured car and Challenger jet at her disposal.

She’s currently eligible for an annual pension of $143,000 a year for life, plus $206,000 in annual expenses.

MORE ON THIS TOPIC

In this July 13, 2017 file photo, former astronaut Julie Payette takes part in a news conference announcing her appointment as Canada's next Governor General, in the Senate foyer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Report details 'yelling, screaming, aggressive conduct' at Rideau Hall under Payette
In this file photo Canada's Governor General Julie Payette delivers the Throne Speech in the Senate, as parliament prepares to resume in Ottawa on Sept. 23, 2020.
Payette resignation shines light on hefty pension, expense account for former GGs
Conservative leader Erin O'Toole asks a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020.
Payette shouldn't get same benefits as other ex-governors general: O'Toole

“For individuals living paycheque to paycheque — or seniors who do not have a whole lot of money at the end of the month — that type of behaviour warranting (her) annual pension for the rest of Madam Payette’s time here on earth was problematic,” said Liberal MP Kody Blois.

“Constituents certainly raised it with me.”

Seventeen employees quit Rideau Hall over bullying, according to the report by Ottawa’s Quintet Consulting Corp.
If they can't take her pension away split it up and give it to the people she abused
 
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