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Truly a sad state of affairs. 

Firm hired to conduct 'thorough' review of Governor General workplace allegations

Published Tuesday, September 1, 2020 9:33AM EDT

TORONTO -- The Privy Council Office says it has engaged a third party consulting firm to conduct a "thorough, independent and impartial review" into harassment allegations within the office of Gov. Gen. Julie Payette.

The Privy Council Office released more details about the probe on Tuesday, announcing that Quintet Consulting Corporation will undertake the review.

The PCO said in a statement that the consulting firm "has been mandated to act independently" to draft a report about the nature of the concerns within Payette's office and detail next steps.

Payette's office has been under fire in recent weeks after anonymous staffers at Rideau Hall told CBC News that Payette created a toxic atmosphere and yelled at employees, sometimes reducing them to tears and prompting them to quit.

The Privy Council Office announced on July 23, that it would conduct a review into the work environment at Rideau Hall following the harassment allegations.

The Terms of Reference for the review have since been finalized.

Both current and former employees of the office of the Governor General will be invited to "voluntarily and confidentially share their perspectives" with Quintet, according to the PCO.

President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc has also been asked to oversee the review.

LeBlanc will receive Quintet’s final report, which is expected later this fall.

Payette previously said she is "deeply concerned" by the allegations levied against her office and welcomes the probe.

"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," she said in a statement. "I take harassment and workplace issues very seriously and I am in full agreement and welcome an independent review."

Payette took over as Governor General with a five-year term beginning in October 2017, but her tenure at the post has been marred by conflicts and complaints.

A 2019 survey of Rideau Hall staff showed employees had expressed concerns about their work environment, including 22 per cent who felt they had been "the victim of harassment on the job" in the past year, and of those respondents, 74 per cent said they experienced harassment "by someone in authority over them."

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There is a permanent solution available to us that would ensure we would no longer have any concerns with our present and future GGs. We could follow the lead of other countries.

Barbados to remove Queen Elizabeth as head of state

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Barbados has announced its intention to remove Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and become a republic.
"The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind," the Caribbean island nation's government said.
It aims to complete the process in time for the 55th anniversary of independence from Britain, in November 2021.
A speech written by Prime Minister Mia Mottley said Barbadians wanted a Barbadian head of state.
"This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving," the speech read.
Buckingham Palace said that it was a matter for the government and people of Barbados.
A source at Buckingham Palace said that the idea "was not out of the blue" and "has been mooted and publicly talked about many times", BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said.
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The difference between good government and bad government(Harper and trudeau) can be seen by reading this article.

We all know why Payette was chosen. If it were John Payette with exactly the same professional background, he wouldn't have been chosen.

Apparently, there is huge worry among experts on how the decision making would be done in a constitutional crisis. So yeah, it actually is really important.

You get what you vote for.

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Should Canada follow their lead?

  • Calgary Herald
  • 17 Sep 2020
img?regionKey=mEY5VBIJTmwXXnNRZY4PvQ%3d%3dANWAR HUSSEIN / GETTY IMAGES Queen Elizabeth is greeted during a walkabout in 1977 in Barbados, which has announced plans to go republican.

Barbados intends to replace the Queen as head of state within a year, which would make it the first country to do so in nearly 30 years. The British government and Buckingham Palace both said simply that this is a matter for the Barbadian people.

“The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” said Sandra Mason, Barbados's governor general, in a speech on behalf of Prime Minister Mia Mottley, whose Labour Party commands a majority that could speed the process.

“Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state. This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving.”

Now seems as promising a time as ever for anti-monarchists to strike anywhere in the Commonwealth. The Queen may live long, but not forever, so soon enough the pomp of a monarch's funeral will pass and life in the Commonwealth will go on.

Money will have Charles's face on it, from ear to ear, and all the functions of state governance in Canada will be carried out in his name. A new King of Canada would soon come for a visit.

“There will be a rude awakening,” said Tom Freda, co-founder of Citizens for a Canadian Republic, which advocates replacing the Queen as head of state with a democratically chosen Canadian citizen.

With Harry off in California, William unlikely to get the tap for another decade at least, and Buckingham Palace vacant for the foreseeable future, the stage is set for another episode of Canadian republicanism, which has a rich tradition of failed legal efforts.

The personality of Queen Elizabeth seems to be “the one thing that holds the monarchy together in Canada,” Freda said.

This is not institutional support, he said. It is affection for Elizabeth as the bestloved monarch perhaps ever, at least since Victoria, and longer serving, having advised prime ministers since Winston Churchill in 1952, and signed Canada's Constitution into force in 1982.

Barbados fits this idea, by taking action in the monarch's 94th year, but the project is not a foregone conclusion, even if it does not go to a referendum. Barbados has made similar vows before, as have other Caribbean countries including Jamaica, where a referendum is a common campaign pledge that has never actually happened. Guyana made the replacement official in 1970, Trinidad and Tobago in 1976, and Dominica in 1978.

The last country of the former empire to remove the Queen as head of state was Mauritius in 1992. Australia voted against becoming a republic in 1999.

In Canada, efforts have occupied jurists more than politicians. One such legal challenge ended in 2014 with an appeal ruling that forcing new Canadian citizens to swear an oath to the Queen “does not violate the appellants' right to freedom of religion and freedom of conscience because it is secular; it is not an oath to the Queen as an individual but to our form of government of which the Queen is a symbol.”

That same year, then-attorney general Peter Mackay actually put it in writing that Queen Elizabeth “cannot unilaterally deploy the Canadian Forces,” to settle a dispute with Aralt Mac Giolla Chainnigh, an Irish-canadian military man who objected to toasting the Queen at formal dinners. He lost.

The Queen's death might make republicanism more popular, but it will not make the project easier, Freda said. The British media coverage has cast the Barbados decision in light of domestic race relations issues, including the Windrush scandal of discrimination against British subjects of Caribbean ancestry.

Canadians are similarly taking greater notice of historical injustices committed in the name of the Crown, particularly against Indigenous people. But Freda does not see that as much of a factor. He would like to think so, because it would theoretically help the cause, but Canadians have a way of seeing the present monarch apart from the monarchy.

Replacing the Queen with a domestic alternative — “a truly Canadian head of state,” as it was once provocatively put by the former Liberal foreign minister John Manley — is not the same as the effort to decolonize, to undo or repair the crimes of colonial history.

“If Canada was being set up today, no one would pick monarchy as a system for head of state. We just fell into it,” Freda said.

Even the Queen's present popularity is a republican argument, Freda argues. “If you enter popularity contests, then you're asserting a republican principle,” he said, that the people's preference is important.

The thing is, he said, even those who find a foreign-based monarchy the most ridiculous or objectionable tend not to think about it very much.


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