Governor General Julie Payette resigns over allegations of workplace abuse, reports say John Marchesan

Governor General Julie Payette is set to resign in advance of a report which looked into allegations she mistreated past and current employees at Rideau Hall, according to multiple media reports.

The Privy Council Office launched an independent review of the claims last summer after allegations emerged Payette yelled at, belittled and publicly humiliated employees, reducing some to tears or prompting them to quit.

At the time, Payette said she was in agreement with the review into the allegations.

“I am completely committed to ensuring that every employee who works at Rideau Hall enjoys a secure and healthy work environment at all times and under all circumstances,” Payette said in the statement last July. “I take harassment and workplace issues very seriously and I am in full agreement and welcome an independent review.”

Brian Sauvé, President of the National Police Federation, which is the union for RCMP members, released a statement Thursday in response to the review, saying that members of Payette’s RCMP detail were allegedly harassed.

“In September 2020, we learned of stories of harassment and other troubling behaviour experienced by RCMP Members assigned to Governor General Julie Payette’s Protection Detail,” the statement reads.

“The NPF is committed to ensuring that RCMP members work in an environment free of harassment, bullying and intimidation and that accessible, stigma-free supports exist when this occurs.”

Payette has also been accused of incurring a variety of extraordinary costs since she was named to the post back in 2017.

The appointment of a governor general, who is Canada’s highest-ranking public servant, is made by the Queen on the prime minister’s advice.

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