TRUDEAU: GOV'T TO LOOK AT IMPROVING VETTING PROCESS AFTER GG PAYETTE'S RESIGNATION
Jan 22, 2021
By Bob Komsic
The prime minister says the federal government is looking at how to strengthen the vetting process for the next governor general after his choice; Julie Payette, resigned following allegations of a toxic work environment at Rideau Hall.
”Obviously the vetting process that was in place was followed, but obviously we’re going to also look at ways we can strengthen and improve the vetting process for high-level appointments,” Justin Trudeau promised.
”We are looking right now at processes that can be strengthened as we move forward and we will have more to say on that as we make decisions.”
Trudeau says he spoke by phone to the Queen this morning to let her know that Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Wagner will assume duties on a temporary basis.
The prime minister was repeatedly asked about his decision not to use a selection committee in 2017.
”We will continue to look at the best way to select people for the vice-regal appointments. It’s an important role for Canadians and we will look at how we can improve it.”
An independent review reportedly concluded the environment at Rideau Hall was poisonous and that Payette and her secretary, Assunta di Lorenzo, were the reasons why.