Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette and her secretary, Assunta di Lorenzo, are resigning after an out of doors office evaluate of Rideau Hall discovered that the pair presided over a poisonous work surroundings.
Last 12 months, an unbiased consulting agency was employed by the Privy Council Office to evaluate experiences that Payette was liable for office harassment at Rideau Hall.
Sources who had been briefed on the consulting agency’s report instructed CBC News that its conclusions had been damning.
Sources have additionally instructed CBC that Secretary to the Governor General Assunta Di Lorenzo, who has additionally been accused of harassing staff, lately employed Marie Henein’s agency to signify her.
Henein represented ex-Vice Admiral Mark Norman, the navy’s former second-in-command, throughout his trial for breach of belief. Federal prosecutors stayed that cost. It’s not clear if Henein or one other lawyer at her agency is personally representing Di Lorenzo.
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Richard Wagner will function the appearing Governor General.
Governors normal have resigned below strain — and have been requested to resign by prime ministers — in Commonwealth nations up to now. In 2003, Australian Gov. Gen. Peter Hollingworth resigned after controversy erupted over the way in which he had dealt with sexual abuse claims whereas he was archbishop of Brisbane.
Following the resignation or removing of a governor normal, the federal government doesn’t want to instantly appoint a brand new one, mentioned Michael Jackson of the Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada at Massey College.
The chief justice can act as administrator. That’s what occurred for greater than a month in 1952, after Lord Alexander left for England and earlier than Vincent Massey was sworn in as his alternative.
Third social gathering evaluate
The Privy Council Office launched the unprecedented third-party evaluate in July in response to a CBC News report that includes a dozen public servants and former staff confidentially claiming Payette belittled, berated and publicly humiliated Rideau Hall workers. Di Lorenzo, Payette’s longtime good friend and second-in-command, can be accused of bullying workers.
Payette tweeted two days after that story aired that she was “deeply concerned about the media reports” and he or she “takes harassment and workplace issues very seriously … I am in full agreement and welcome the independent review.”
As of Jan. 5, Rideau Hall had spent greater than $150,000 in public funds on authorized illustration in response to the poisonous office allegations, and had employed a former Supreme Court justice to signify Payette and Blakes regulation agency for the establishment itself.
That sum is bigger than the unique worth of the federal contract that employed Quintet Consulting to conduct the evaluate. The non-public agency was employed on an $88,325 contract in Sept. 2020.
The Bloc Québécois issued an announcement calling for the rapid launch of the Rideau Hall office evaluate and mentioned the place of Governor General has no place in a democracy.