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Payette resigns after report found toxic work environment at Rideau Hall

By Sheila Copps       

The Governor General’s appointment, while generally time-limited, is always 'at pleasure,' which means the office-holder can be let go at any time. After Julie Payette stepped aside, the prime minister quickly replaced her with acting Governor General in the person of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Richard Wagner.

Faced with irrefutable evidence of harassment, Julie Payette moved quickly to step down as Canada's Governor General on Jan. 21, 2021, which was the right thing to do, writes Sheila Copps. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

OTTAWA—To sack or not to sack, that is the question.

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