Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised Gov. Gen. Julie Payette once more at the moment for her previous work as a scientist and astronaut and stated he is nonetheless awaiting the outcomes of an exterior evaluate into “severe allegations” of office harassment at Rideau Corridor.
Trudeau was requested Tuesday about his earlier remarks calling Payette “wonderful” and saying he has no intention “proper now” to ask the Queen to switch her. These remarks final week upset whistleblowers who reported a poisonous office tradition and verbal abuse at Rideau Corridor pushed by Payette and her second-in-command.
Trudeau didn’t repeat his suggestion at the moment that Payette is an “wonderful” Governor Common. Payette is anticipated to learn the speech from the throne on Sept. 23. Trudeau stated at the moment he has no real interest in an election this fall.
“The Governor Common has an extended and profitable position as a scientist, as an astronaut,” he advised a Toronto press convention. “We now have engaged a 3rd get together reviewer to observe up on these severe allegations and we’ll anticipate the reviewer to do their work.”
One former Rideau Corridor worker who reported harassment known as Trudeau’s feedback final week a “kick within the abdomen” and stated the prime minister “does not understand there are individuals behind these allegations who’ve suffered.”
“We now have a wonderful Governor Common proper now and I believe, on high of the COVID disaster, no person’s taking a look at any constitutional crises,” Trudeau advised RED FM in Vancouver final week. “We now have put in place a course of to evaluate a number of the working situations at Rideau Corridor, however that is not one thing that we’re considering proper now, going additional than that.”
Whereas some whistleblowers say they are actually extra decided than ever to talk to the consulting agency conducting the impartial evaluate, others are questioning the integrity of the method within the wake of Trudeau’s remarks. A number of expressed the concern that Trudeau is not taking harassment severely.
Quintet Consulting Company, an Ottawa agency specializing in office battle administration, has been employed to “act independently” in confidentially contacting and interviewing present and former Rideau Corridor staff about their issues, according to a statement by the Privy Council Office.
In July, Payette stated she welcomed the review and takes “harassment and office points very severely … I’m in full settlement and welcome an impartial evaluate.”