Rideau Hall has spent greater than $110,000 in public cash thus far on authorized illustration in response to allegations of a poisonous office and verbal harassment on the Governor General’s workplace, Radio Canada has realized.
That sum is bigger than the unique worth of the contract the federal authorities entered into to rent a 3rd get together to conduct an exterior overview of the office tradition at Rideau Hall. On Sept. 2, the Privy Council Office (PCO) stated Quintet Consulting was employed on a $88,325 contract.
PCO triggered the probe in response to a CBC News report in July citing a dozen public servants and former workers claiming confidentially that Gov. Gen. Julie Payette belittled, berated and publicly humiliated Rideau Hall employees. Her second-in-command Assunta Di Lorenzo can be accused of bullying employees. Many employees members have gone on go away or have left the workplace altogether, in line with former workers.
In July, Payette stated she welcomed the overview and takes “harassment and workplace issues very seriously.”
Rideau Hall employed former NDP nationwide director Karl Bélanger and his agency Traxxion Strategies in August to supply strategic communications counsel and media relations assist to Payette.
The public relations and communications agency has been paid beneath $5,000 for its companies thus far, in line with Payette’s press secretary.
“It is an honour and a privilege to serve our country,” stated Belanger in a press release.
Last week, Radio-Canada revealed the Governor General additionally has retained the companies of former Supreme Court of Canada justice Michel Bastarache as “constitutional adviser.” Bastarache’s mandate is to make sure the overview doesn’t violate the constitutional protections loved by Payette and to forestall her from changing into personally concerned within the course of. Bastarache has obtained $36,208 for his companies, Rideau Hall stated.
Law agency Blakes can be helping the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (OSGG) within the overview course of and has been paid $74,500 to this point.
Ashlee Smith, Payette’s press secretary, stated OSGG would not have its personal legal professionals and the contracts “are a normal part of such an exercise.”
“This decision was made due to the fact that the OSGG does not have in-house legal counsel, and as with any process, there were some legal and constitutional questions that required addressing, in order to ensure that there would be no conflict of interest for the PCO Legal Services sector,” stated Smith in a press release.
Smith added the contracts have been awarded in accordance of the foundations and with the consent of the Department of Justice. The authorities proactively launched the figures at Radio-Canada’s request.
In September, Quintet invited present workers to share their office experiences confidentially and gave them till Oct 5 to let the corporate know in the event that they needed to take part. Some former workers received in contact with the corporate proactively to place their names on the checklist. Others have stated they have not obtained updates from Quintet for weeks and have no idea when the interviews will start.