The following assertion was launched by Gov. Gen. Julie Payette on Thursday saying her resignation:
“Everyone has a right to a healthy and safe work environment, at all times and under all circumstances. It appears this was not always the case at the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. Tensions have arisen at Rideau Hall over the past few months and for that, I am sorry.
… in respect for the integrity of my vice-regal Office and for the good of our country and of our democratic institutions, I have come to the conclusion that a new Governor General should be appointed.– Gov. Gen. Julie Payette
“While no formal complaints or official grievances had been made throughout my tenure, which might have instantly triggered an in depth investigation as prescribed by regulation and the collective agreements in place, I nonetheless take these allegations very critically. Not solely did I welcome a assessment of the work local weather on the OSGG, however I’ve repeatedly inspired staff to take part within the assessment in giant numbers. We all expertise issues in another way, however we must always all the time attempt to do higher, and be attentive to 1 one other’s perceptions.
“I am a strong believer in the principles of natural justice, due process and the rule of law, and that these principles apply to all equally. Notwithstanding, in respect for the integrity of my vice-regal Office and for the good of our country and of our democratic institutions, I have come to the conclusion that a new Governor General should be appointed. Canadians deserve stability in these uncertain times.
“From a private facet, this resolution comes at an opportune time, as my father’s well being has critically worsened in the previous few weeks and my household wants my assist.
“So it is with sureness and humility, but also with pride over what was accomplished during my tenure as Governor General and in my service to the country for the past 28 years, that I have submitted my resignation. I have informed the Prime Minister of Canada of my decision. I wish him the best as he seeks an individual to recommend to Her Majesty as the next Governor General of Canada and I wish the best to my successor. I will remain at his or her disposal.
“It has been an immense privilege to serve my nation and to fulfil the constitutional duties of my Office on behalf of all Canadians. I want to prolong my because of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his belief and for providing me this unimaginable alternative. I might additionally prefer to thank the personnel of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General for his or her work, particularly beneath the troublesome circumstances that now we have recognized over the previous months. All my gratitude additionally goes to the members of the RCMP who’re prepared to place their lives on the road to guarantee our safety; and to the members of the Canadian Armed Forces who’ve all the time proven super respect, friendship and assist. Being their Commander in chief for the previous few 12 months has been an amazing honour. I maintain them in nice esteem.
“For so many Canadians, the past few months have been extremely difficult. As our country, and indeed the world, faced the reality of a pandemic, we all have had to make sacrifice and do our part to limit the spread of the virus, and to protect others, especially the most vulnerable. One cannot choose when hardship comes, but one can choose how to respond to it in times of crisis, and Canadians all over the country have answered the call. At the forefront are the health and medical personnel, essential workers, military personnel, public health officials, leaders and scientists, who have been working tirelessly to provide care, support, leadership and solutions. We owe them an immense debt of gratitude.
“I wish to conclude by conveying my honest appreciation to Canadians for his or her assist through the years. I’ve had the possibility to fulfill, symbolize and have a good time the accomplishments of 1000’s of extraordinary Canadians from coast to coast over the previous years and I’ll all the time cherish these recollections. We dwell in a outstanding nation.
It has been an honour and a privilege.”