Just over five years ago I advised Prime Minister Trudeau on the best choice for Canada’s Governor General …
… Not surprisingly, he didn’t listen.
Now I see that the talented, indeed inspirational woman he did choose …
Mme Payette is, it appears from media reports, a prima donna, or, perhaps worse. There was some head scratching when she was appointed because of a coupe of issues surrounding her personal life and and divorce. The Trudeau government gave her the benefit of the doubt, as did I. I changed my mind last summer.
The most recent reports, link above, suggest that Prime Minister Trudeau may seek her resignation. (There is a constitutional way to “fire” her, but it’s messy and, of necessity, involves the Queen.) And other reports suggest that her secretary, who is also at the centre of the harassment allegations, has hired one of Canada’s best lawyers and is dealing with the Privy Council Office (and, one must wonder, the Prime Minister’s Office, too?) through her lawyer!
Now, it seems to me, might be a very good time to go, to resign, graciously, and spare Her Majesty the fuss. She needn’t explain, she can just say “personal reasons” and thank the people of Canada for having been given yet another opportunity to serve. The Trudeau government can provide her with a soft landing in some position that is a better fit for her many talents and for her desire for privacy.
Senator Petitclerc is close at hand; the transition can be smooth.