Conservative leader Erin O’Toole believes that Julie Payette, who left her post as governor general in turmoil, should not be entitled to the retirement pension or expense reimbursements to which those who have held this office are normally entitled.
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“She resigned from her post. It should not be entitled to the funds normally provided to governors general, ”he said Monday at a press briefing.
Ms. Payette resigned last week after a damning report on the toxic work climate she allegedly created at Rideau Hall had just been handed to the Trudeau government.
Former Governors General are normally entitled to a retirement pension of $ 143,000 per year until the end of their life under the Governor General Act. Some of their expenses may also be reimbursed.
However, as Ms. Payette has not completed her mandate, Mr. O’Toole argues that she should not be entitled to the usual funds.
“Has Prime Minister Trudeau assured her that she could? He tried to save face for his own failure ”, launched the leader of the official opposition.
New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh suggested that such a “deal” may have been reached between Mr. Trudeau and Ms. Payette.
He said he was “open” to a revision of the laws allowing former governors general to collect funds, but especially insisted on the “responsibility of Prime Minister Trudeau” for the damage caused to the employees of Rideau Hall during several years.
“Should he apologize for the situation?” Yes, ”he said, criticizing the selection and verification process that led to the appointment of Ms. Payette.
In this regard, Mr. O’Toole reiterated that the opposition parties should be consulted to determine who will succeed Ms. Payette.
For the moment, it is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Richard Wagner, who assumes the interim vice-regal functions.
Mr. Trudeau was not clear last Friday on whether or not he intended to make changes to the selection process. He was also vague about the possibility of revising the rules regarding the funds to which former governors general are entitled.