01.23.2021 09:38 AM

Governor-General facts

GG facts:

since 1931, GG has been chosen solely by the PM
• Queen only “appoints” GG after PM makes his/her choice
• GG’s schedule, travel, hiring and budget is overseen only by PMO
• Trudeau threw out expert panel advice to appoint Payette, who he’d met at a party

Why would you believe the claims of a PMO that lied about the Aga Khan, Gropegate, SNC-Lavalin and WE – until they were caught?

You shouldn’t. You don’t.


  1. faithless elector says:

    The eccentric bafflegab also known as Human Resources is a system of fog and mirrors to stifle normal critiques of candidates for jobs. The people actually making the decision (in this case Gerald Butts and Katie Telford) can avoid any serious questions. Their incompetent decision is thus dressed up and buttressed with sophisticated sounding principles like “holistic” “transferable skills” and “value added”. It is a secret door way for crazy people who are friends of friends to attain positions of authority without scrutiny. The Tim’s crowd knows exactly what this really is… Bullshit. And it is the bread and butter of the Justin cult. Its all they are.

    • Derek Pearce says:

      The chief job of every Human Resources dept in every organization is to protect the employer from employees. Everywhere, always chiefly that.

      • faithless elector says:

        Yes, exactly… sorry I didn’t articulate that very well… The idea of Human Resources Consulting is to ensure that people like Payette who have important friends, never face any scrutiny at all before hiring, during their tenure or afterword’s.

  2. joe long says:

    Trudeau says he takes responsibility for appointing Ms Payette. But Trudeau’s office is now trying to blame Jean Chrétien for suggesting Ms Payette as GG.


    Trudeau also said Ms Payette went through a “vigorous vetting process”.

    Trudeau is a serial liar.

  3. Douglas W says:

    PMO will keep on lying.

    They have no respect for Canadians because they have the Liberal vote in areas that matter the most.

  4. Phil in London says:

    Isn’t this one of those 6,018,733 times (number of Liberal voters last election plus 5 strikes for We-gate, Agga Kahn Trip, SNC Lavalin, GG screwup and Vaccine fiasco) that we can all learn from?

  5. Gilbert says:

    The prime minister lies a lot.

  6. Ronald O'Dowd says:

    Like I said, this is already O’Toole’s election to lose. Trudeau is now the next Trump. Believe. Hope they’re already circulating the PM’s CV ahead of King of France Louis XV’s prediction: “Après [lui], le déluge”, pour le parti libéral. [Smile broadly at the final JustinEffectTM.]

    • CBC poll tracker show the Liberal maintaining a lead in the pool with a 9% chance of the Conservatives getting the most seats. You seem to be in a very Trumpian news bubble.

      O’Toole hasn’t really done anything to convince people his policies wouldn’t be far more damaging then Trudeau’s scandals.

      • Ronald O'Dowd says:


        As our host so wisely said time and again: governments defeat themselves and this PM is doing precisely that. Polls or no polls. Who saw Trudeau’s drop last time against Scheer no less? I did but overshot the mark. When they lose — and they will — my prognostication skills will finally be back up to par.

        • Lorne says:

          “Governments defeat themselves”. Exactly, what did Trudeau do to show he deserved to form government in the first place? Other than being the leader of the Liberal party at the time.

      • Mark D says:

        Up until now, Trudeau’s real competition for self-defeat has been another leader whose last name begins with T-R-U-

        Having now defeated himself over COVID and BLM, that individual is no longer there to hog the news cycle from our T-R-U-

  7. Pedant says:

    And guess what, long suffering Canadian taxpayers?

    You get to pay her $150k/year pension for life + $200k/year expense account which she will undoubtedly max out. Julie Payette “worked” as GG for three years, and she gets a lifetime pension that begins right now. She is in her 50s. Look up Canada’s average life expectancy. Pretty sweet deal for her.

    • Gord says:

      The pension and the expenses I don’t get. It’s a ceremonial “job” (using the term loosely). It’s supposed to be something like getting an honourary doctorate – a way to cap off one’s career and give something back in service of the country – not another line on the resume with a nice paycheque.

      I struggle to think of what expenses a GG might have after leaving office that should be paid for by taxpayers, especially since they tend to disappear from view. As for pensions (for the GG and Parliamentarians), I’d be fine if the government wanted to match contributions to some kind of defined-benefit pension plan with the normal rules around years of service, retirement ages, etc, but giving her a generous pension that vests immediately after 3 years of “service”is a bit much to swallow.

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