Canada’s governor general has resigned after an independent review of workplace harassment allegation
TORONTO — Canada’s governor general resigned Thursday following an independent review of workplace harassment allegations.
A person familiar with the matter confirmed the resignation of Julie Payette to The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Payette, a former astronaut, to the role in 2017.
Trudeau’s office hired an independent consulting firm in September to investigate after the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported on a toxic work place environment.
The CBC reports alleged that Payette belittled and publicly humiliated employees, reducing some to tears or prompting them to quit.
The governor general also gives royal assent to Canadian laws.
Queen Elizabeth II is head of state in Canada, a member of the British Commonwealth of former colonies, though Canadians are somewhat indifferent to the monarchy and the governor general.