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Privy Council Office launches review of complaints about Governor General

Last Updated Jul 23, 2020 at 5:31 pm PST

Governor General Julie Payette delivers remarks during a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Statistics Canada at its headquarters in Ottawa on Friday, March 16, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Privy Council Office launching investigation into allegations governor general mistreated employees

Julie Payette apparently yelled at, belittled and publicly humiliated employees

OTTAWA — The Privy Council Office says it is launching an independent review of allegations that Gov. Gen. Julie Payette mistreated past and current employees at Rideau Hall.

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The CBC reported Tuesday that Payette had yelled at, belittled and publicly humiliated employees, reducing some to tears or prompting them to quit.

The Privy Council Office, a bureaucratic operation that supports the prime minister and cabinet, says the Treasury Board policy on workplace harassment applies to employees of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.

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It says it is working with that office to establish the terms of reference for a “thorough, independent and impartial review” and will quickly hire a third party to lead it.

In a separate statement, Payette says she is “deeply concerned” with the reports and welcomes an independent review.

She says she is committed to ensuring a safe and healthy workplace for everyone who works at Rideau Hall and that she takes these issues seriously.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 23, 2020.

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