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PAYETTE SCANDAL: Gov.-Gen. abuse was ‘physical’

Payette resigned January 21 – the same day that reports claimed the investigation into her toxic work environment had been completed – and the findings were damning.

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Allegations by former staff against former Gov.-Gen Julie Payette include that she got physical with them, the CBC reports.

On top of verbal harassment, allegations of physical contact were reported in testimony given to Quintet Consulting during interviews and will be included in the final report, multiple sources told CBC.

“Payette’s workplace behaviour went beyond screaming at, belittling and publicly humiliating employees — and included unwelcome physical contact that caused some participants in the review to feel threatened,” said the CBC report.

After dozens of interviews, Quintet Consulting’s final report concluded Payette and her second-in-command, Assunta Di Lorenzo, were responsible for a toxic workplace environment at Rideau Hall, said CBC.

Payette resigned January 21 – the same day that reports claimed the investigation into her toxic work environment had been completed – and the findings were damning.

Both the Globe and Mail and CBC described the report into Payette’s actions as “scathing.” CBC sources said the negative findings in the report could make it difficult for Payette to remain in her role as Governor-General. 

A litany of former staffers complained about abusive behaviour from Payette with many leaving their jobs and seen in tears after meeting with her.

In a statement, Payette apologized.

“Everyone has a right to a healthy and safe work environment, at all times and under all circumstances. It appears this was not always the case at the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. Tensions have arisen at Rideau Hall over the past few months and for that, I am sorry,” said the statement.

“While no formal complaints or official grievances were made during my tenure, which would have immediately triggered a detailed investigation as prescribed by law and the collective agreements in place, I still take these allegations very seriously. “

“I am a strong believer in the principles of natural justice, due process and the rule of law, and that these principles apply to all equally. Notwithstanding, in respect for the integrity of my vice-regal Office and for the good of our country and of our democratic institutions, I have come to the conclusion that a new Governor General should be appointed. Canadians deserve stability in these uncertain times.

“From a personal side, this decision comes at an opportune time, as my father’s health has seriously worsened in the last few weeks and my family needs my help.”

CBC has reported last year, Payette has been causing headaches for the RCMP security details by slipping away on foreign trips.

Payette’s secrecy and resistance to working with the RCMP routinely sends her protective detail scrambling to fulfill last-minute requests and drives up spending on overtime, hotel and plane tickets, multiple sources told CBC News. 

The force has also had to apologize for her behaviour to foreign security abroad because she treated them so poorly, said sources. 

CBC reported RCMP confirmed there was more than a $1 million increase in spending to protect the Governor General in 2019-20 compared the previous fiscal year, when it cost $6.3 million. 

Earlier is was reported Pyette had spent $141,000 to plan for a private staircase that was never built.

But Pyette’s spokeswoman said Canadians don’t have to right to ask about her living arrangements.

It was part of hundreds of thousands of dollars Pyette demanded in privacy upgrades before she would move into Rideau Hall – but she still hasn’t moved into her official residence almost three years into her five-year mandate. 

More than $117,500 was also spent on a gate and series of doors to keep people away from Payette’s office, according to the National Capital Commission (NCC), which manages the official vice-regal residence.

While a large chunk of the grounds of Rideau Hall are open to the public, Payette “wanted to come and go without anyone seeing her,” one source with knowledge of the project told the CBC.

Multiple sources told CBC, Payette doesn’t like maintenance workers in her line of sight and even RCMP protection officers aren’t allowed to stand directly outside her office door and must hide in a room down the hallway.

In June there were claims the Queen’s representative in Canada had seen a mass exodus of staff while reducing others to tears after dressing-downs.

“Four members of Payette’s communications team have departed during the pandemic period alone. A fifth person is leaving this week and another two have taken leaves of absence. It’s just the latest wave of staff to quietly transfer out of the small office in response to mistreatment during Payette’s mandate,” multiple sources told the CBC.

“This has gone from being one of the most collegial and enjoyable work environments for many of the staff to being a house of horrors – it’s bullying and harassment at its worst,” one source told CBC.

Multiple sources told CBC Payette routinely complained of being tired, underfed and overworked.

Payette, a former astronaut, was appointed Governor General on the advice of Trudeau in October 2017. Her term runs until 2022.

At the beginning of her mandate, CBC reported, Payette put staff on the spot by quizzing them about outer space — asking them to name all the planets in the solar system, for example, or to state the distance between the sun and the moon.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Greg Misquitta

    January 27, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    So – Let’s be Clear – These are the Facts:

    For ONCE –
    **Duh C-ommunist. . .B-roadcasting. . .C-orporation. . .
    **Communist Rag TO Star. . .
    **Duh Fraud N Fail (Formerly Globe and Mail). . .
    Are ACTUALLY – “Reporting The News” and NOT – “Creating the News”. . .

    Then – you NEED to ASK –
    WHY the Sudden “Conversion” to – Journalistic Ethics; Especially since, TRUDEAU. . .
    (Backed by the NDP and BLOC and Trudeau-Lite CCP, er, CPC – EXCEPT for Derek Sloan. . . as well as The CBC and TO Star and G&M). . .
    BANNED “Conversion Therapy” – TRU’ their Bill C-69.

    Here’s WHY:
    “They” have been ASKED to EARN – their FAIR SHARE of – the CAD 650 Million, Trudeau STOLE from Taxpayers to BRIBE the Media and UNION THUG Bosses

    As Part as “The Deal” and in a Quid – Pro – Quo, the MEDIA “Found” an Opportune “Issue” – to DIVERT People’s Attention FROM Trudeau’s ACTS of Treason and High Crimes, viz:
    a) LYING – since October of 2019 about the existence of the WUHAN KUNG FLU Virus
    b) Intentionally KEEPING the Borders Open for International Flights from HOT SPOTS – China and Elsewhere
    c) Keeping the Borders Open for Illegal Criminals and Terrorists (FLOODING Canadian Society from the South and Elsewhere)
    “b” and “c” from 2018 TRU’ – December 2020 and Today
    ENGAGING in – “b” and “c” – with ZHEERO Heath and Security Checks!
    d) Selling Pandemic Equipment to the CCP, at a Cost to Canadian Lives; then Paying the CCP – to BUY BACK the same
    e) The VACCINES SCAM
    f) GIVING HIMSELF and Other Federal Politicians and BUREAUCRATS – a RAISE – DURING the Plandemic and Lockdowns – whilst Bankrupting Canada and Canadians

    (ALL of the ABOVE- with the Co-Operation of ALL Federal and Provincial and Municipal Politicians and Bureaucrats and “Medical Experts” – Led by Theresa Tam and The MEDIA)
    (ALL OF THE ABOVE – WITH THE “HELP” OF – THERESA TAM AND FREKLAND AND HAJDU)

    UDDER Acts of Treason and High Crimes:
    **INTENTIONALLY – Saboutaging NAFTA Negotiations –
    IN SPITE of Donald Trump and VP Pence GIFTING Canada with MORE THAN – FREKLAND and Trudeau were ASKING FOR; and Antagonising DT – During Negotiations by Mocking him (FREKLAND’S Key Note Speaker GIG – in Toronto, at a Bash-Trump Lovefest DURING the Negotiations) – as reported in:
    The Business Financial Post, TO SUN, REBEL Media, True North Initiative, Post Millennial, Gateway Pundit, etc and by Francesca Chambers (Daily Mail / UK)
    **GIFTING the CCP – with Special Status – whilst Canadians Languished in Chinese Prisons on Trumped Up Charges
    **ORDERING the Armed Forces – to Provide the CCP – with Sensitive Defense and Other Classified Information
    **When Donald Trump – OKed KEYSTONE XL (One Week AFTER being Sworn In) – Trudeau and Notley – began SETTING UP Roadblocks and Increasing Regulatory Processes to the Point – the Company WITHDREW and Walked Away
    **Using Tax Dollars – to Bribe Protesters – to Protest AGGRESSIVELY AGAINST Kinder Morgan. . . then USING MORE TAX Dollars – to BUY KM at a PROFIT of Over 700% to Investors; then LETTING IT LIE IDLE (Like Him). The Company – TOOK the Profits and INVESTED THEM in – Donald Trump’s Houston
    **$exually Molesting the Female Reporter in BC – then MOCKING her (Claiming she was Delusional – because Trudeau is – a FEMINIST)
    **JUDY WILSON – RAYBOULD and Jane Philipott (Do I NEED to Explain?).
    WHY? because Trudeau is a FEMINIST and BELIEVES in Multiculturalism and Gender Diversity
    **USING Tax Dollars – to Pay Islamic Terrorists – Over CAD 30 MILLION (as a Reward – for their Peaceful Acts)
    **VICE ADMIRAL STORMIN’ NORMAN (Need an Explanation?)
    **SNC-Lavalin and WE Charity – because Trudeau BELIEVES IN – “The Rule of Law” and “Transparency in Government”
    **CANCELLING THE BOEING FIGHTER JETS CONTRACT – AT A COST OF MILLIONS IN PENALTIES (TO TAXPAYERS). . . THEN ENTERING INTO A CONTRACT WITH THE AUSTRALIANS – TO BUY “THEIR USED HELICOPTERS” – AT A FURTHER COST TO TAXPAYERS AND NATIONAL SECURITY FOR “CAST-OFFS”
    **BLACK / BROWN / RED / YELLOW FACES IMPERSONATIONS – BECAUSE TRUDEAU BELIEVES IN RACIAL RESPECT AND EQUALITY
    **STEALING Tax Dollars to BRIBE UN Members – so TRUDEAU could get a “Temporary Seat” on the Security Council. The Members – Majority DESPOTS and Islamists Themselves – TOOK “OUR MONEY”, SMILED at Trudeau, Complimented his SOCKS; then SNUBBED HIM and by Extension SNUBBED Canada and Canadians
    (To name some)

    So – to DEFLECT People’s Attention – from ALL of the Above and “Protect” THEIR MEAL TICKET and Places at the Public Trough, the MEDIA and UNION Bosses – are SCREAMING about The GG. . .
    (when Trudeau and FREKLAND and HAJDU and TAM HAVE DONE FAR WORSE; THE EFFECTS of which WILL BE FELT- FOR AT LEAST FOUR GENERATIONS!)

    • Ed Sanchez

      January 28, 2021 at 8:39 am

      Well stated

    • Warren Leigh

      January 28, 2021 at 11:08 pm

      All true. However, the GG’s disgusting behaviour still matters. She is part of the same corrupt regime and her position is itself a giant perpetual waste of taxpayer $$. We can’t allow even the lesser rot to go unnoticed. Not that she’ll face any criminal prosecution once she’s gone; her victims need to come together and hire a legal team to file charges against her. Trudeau will give her a big fat severance package. We can’t allow that to unpunished either.

      • Greg Misquitta

        January 29, 2021 at 12:35 pm

        No ARGUMENT – there – Warren.

        However, my Points were:
        a) The HYPO (and HIPPO) GRITsy of -The Media

        b) The FACT that – Trudeau’s and Hajdu’s and FREKLand’s and Tam’s ACTS of TREASON and High Crimes – will Adversely IMPACT ALL (who Live in Canada). . .in EVERY AREA of our Lives – for AT LEAST Three to Four Generations. . .
        Which the GG’s Actions or Lack thereof (as well as those of her Exec Assistant)- will NOT.
        However, I recall READING that – there are Class Action Law Suits AGAINST the Ex-GG and her Assistant, being Considered.
        I would be VERY Surprised, IF Trudeau ALLOWS this to Go -TRU’. . .
        or – to KEEP UP “Appearances” – “Advises” (on the “Advice” of HIS PUPPET Master – with Big BUTTS) – the AG (his Lackey UNLIKE JWR) –
        and Judges (ALL Liberal Appointees) to REFUSE to Hear the Case (s) OR Quickly RULE AGAINST. . .

        c) The IMPLICIT and EXPLICIT – Support to said Actions – by The NDP and CCP, er, CPC and BLOC (ALL of whom – gave Trudeau a BLANK CHEQUE – for the PLANDEMIC) and KEEP Him in Power.. . .
        The CCP, er, CPC’s Virtue Signaling wrt their “So-Called” Bills AGAINST Illegal Guns – is a RED HERRING. . .
        ERIN and his O’so Willing TOOLE’S – EACH a SCHEER Disaster – KNEW, that, this BILL – would Never go TRU’. . .
        However, they are HOPING it will give them Plausible Deniability. . .
        CREATE the ILLUSION – :They” are Conservative. . .
        THEIR SUPPORT FOR – Open Borders. . .The Paris Accord. . .the Like. . .
        (Regardless of WHAT THEY – “Claim” – for Votes). . .
        DEFLECT from their – Abuse of the Constitution and Charter and Fundamental Tenets of – FREE Speech –
        and their CAVALIER Approach the Importance of UNIVERSAL Franchise thru’ Secret Ballot. . .
        GIVEN their Actions – Towards TROST and JIM KARAHALIOS and SLOAN and DeCARIE and CHRIS ANDERSON, et al. . .
        AND THEIR SUPPORT FOR – SHARIA LAW – TO BE BROUGHT IN. . .
        AS A PARALLEL SOCIO – ECO – POLITICAL – JUDICIAL SYSTEM.

        That’s WHY – I KEEP REPEATING, that:
        Voting CCP, er, CPC – in the Next Election. . .
        “THINKING” the O’Toole Liberals – will be Different from Trudeau AND/OR Succumbing to the SCARE TACTIC of – Splitting the Vote. .
        WILL BE – VERY DANGEROUS!

        I and many Others like me – MADE THAT MISTAKE LAST TIME and will NOT REPEAT IT.
        “WE” will be Voting – PPC – in the Next Election (and it is Likely, that, Many might Even VOTE – for the Maverick Party).

        EITEHR WAY – THE STATUS QUO – IS NOT THE RIGHT WAY.

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MLA Barnes slams proposal for Alberta chopper changes

The Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Report has 11 recommendations including having just one provincial air rescue operation, Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS).

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Independent Medicine Hat MLA Drew Barnes is sounding warning bells to the UCP after it received recommendations to centralize air rescue operations under STARS.

The Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Report has 11 recommendations, including having just one provincial air rescue operation, Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS).

The proposal said STARS would work with other helicopter emergency medical providers to ensure consistent, safe coverage across Alberta. Provincial funding for STARS would rise to 50% of their operating budget from the current 23%.

“This delayed report’s recommendations are not only bad news for prompt, full coverage air ambulance services for hundreds of thousands of southern Albertans, it is also bad policy for all Albertans,” Barnes, the MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat, told the Western Standard.

“Southern Alberta’s emergency air helicopter ambulance (HALO based in Medicine Hat) can not only provide faster service with fewer stops, but it also operates much more efficiently and allows for operating reliability for the entire province with a second flight Operations Certificate.  

“It is essential all Albertans be treated equitably with government-funded life-saving air ambulance health services, and the UCP government’s refusal to fund southern Albertan’s air ambulance (HALO) the same as STARS must change immediately.”

Currently, Alberta Health Services provides about $8.4 million per year to helicopter emergency medical services funding. Approximately 1,450 helicopter flights take place each year; 7,300 are flown using fixed-wing aircraft.

The government said it will examine the report over the coming months.

The recommendations also include:

  • Legislation: A new air ambulance regulation would establish consistent deployment, operational, clinical and aviation standards.
  • Dispatch integration: The dispatch of STARS would be integrated with other emergency medical services to allow for the best use of all services to achieve the most efficient response.

The report can be read here.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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Pastor Coates gets GraceLife Church back on Canada Day

The church has been barricaded since early April after a dawn raid by Alberta Health Services and the RCMP.

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It will be a extra-special Canada Day for Pastor James Coates who will get his GraceLife Church back when the Alberta government cuts off the padlocks on his church.

The government confirmed in an e-mail to CityNews Edmonton its restrictions will be dropped July 1, the same day Alberta is dropping all its COVID-19 restrictions.

The church has been barricaded more than two months since an early April dawn raid by Alberta Health Services and the RCMP.

Coates was jailed for more than a month in mid-February because he was defying provincial COVID-19 lockdown orders by holding services at a capacity not authorized by the government.

At two bail hearings, Coates said he refused to abide by conditions that he stop preaching.

After being released from jail, the church continued to see large services, leading to AHS — with the help of the RCMP — raiding the facility and building three fences around it.

While large protests erupted at the walled-off church Coates continued with his services at a secret location, and then posted them on YouTube.

They have since been holding services at undisclosed locations.

Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro personally approved the AHS-RCMP raid and barricading of the Grace Life Church, according to a UCP MLA that spoke to the Western Standard on condition of anonymity. Shandro has denied the story.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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China, Russia, Iran call for UN investigation into Canada’s treatment of indigenous peoples

Chinese officials cited the discovery last month of what are believed to be the unmarked graves of 215 children on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops.

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A coalition of countries – including China, Russia, Iran and North Korea – is demanding the UN probe Canada’s handling of it’s indigenous peoples.

“We are deeply concerned about the serious human rights violations against the indigenous people in Canada. Historically, Canada robbed the indigenous people of the land, killed them and eradicated their culture,” said Jiang Duan, a senior official at China’s mission to the UN in Geneva.

“We call for a thorough and impartial investigation into all cases where crimes were committed against indigenous people, especially the children.”

CBC report Jiang cited the discovery last month of what are believed to be the unmarked graves of 215 children on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops.

Jiang said the probe demand was on behalf of China, Russia, Belarus, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Venezuela.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada is much better than China at dealing with historical injustices.

“The journey of reconciliation is a long one, but it is a journey we are on. China is not recognizing even that there is a problem. That is a pretty fundamental difference,” Trudeau told reporters.

“In Canada, we had a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Where is China’s truth and reconciliation commission? Where is their truth? Where is the openness that Canada has always shown and the responsibility that Canada has taken for the terrible mistakes of the past, and indeed, many of which continue into the present?”

Trudeau pointed out China’s “systemic abuse and human rights violations against the Uyghurs.”

He added Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Leslie E. Norton delivered a statement on behalf of 44 countries calling for China to allow international observers “immediate, meaningful and unfettered access” to Xinjiang, where the Uyghur minority are based.

“We are gravely concerned about the human rights situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region,” said Norton.

“Credible reports indicate that over a million people have been arbitrarily detained in Xinjiang and there is widespread surveillance disproportionately targeting Uyghurs and members of other minorities and restrictions on fundamental freedoms and Uyghur culture.”

His statement was on behalf of countries including Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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