Conservative lawmaker Marilyn Gradu has submitted a legislative bill that would prevent the governor-general from being eligible for a lifetime pension and expense reimbursement program until his term has expired.
Bill C-305, which amends the Governor’s Act, proposes that governors who do not expire their five-year term are not eligible to receive customary pensions and benefits after retirement.
“Canadas were furious when they learned that former governor Julie Payette had resigned from a disgraceful position and was still entitled to a $ 150,000 pension and up to $ 200,000 annually,” Gradu interviewed. Said in ..
“This bill guarantees that in the future, governors who do not expire for non-medical reasons will be excluded from pensions and benefits.”
Piet, sworn on October 2, 2017, resigned on January 21, 2017, prior to the publication of an independent review of environmental complaints at Rideau Hall during his tenure. ..
This independent review, released by the federal government on January 27, included the allegations that Payett repeatedly “screamed, shouted, offensive, humiliating comments, and openly humiliated” staff. I am.
Payette said in his retirement notice that there were no formal complaints or complaints made against her during her tenure. Nevertheless, she decided to resign as “Canada deserves stability in this uncertain era.”
Despite leaving the post early under a cloud of controversy, Payet is still eligible for a lifetime pension of at least $ 149,484 per year. Reported National Post In January. She also has the right to access a lifetime cost program of up to $ 206,000 per year from the Governor’s Secretariat budget.
Gradu said it is important to ensure that taxpayers are protected and that those elected governor-general fulfill their term and represent Canada well in order to obtain the pensions and benefits associated with their position. Stated.
“This is very important because the amount of pensions and benefits that the governor-general receives for a five-year job does not really match the amount he gets in the private sector,” she said.
“Therefore, if a taxpayer is concerned, he doesn’t mind rewarding someone who has played that prestigious role, but he leaves in disgrace in the shadow of harassment and that person still has the right. It’s unacceptable. “
Mr. Gradu said he hopes Brock and perhaps the NDP will support the bill.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said in January that he was ready to accept amendments to the terms of what the governor would receive upon retirement.
“In light of such reports, I don’t think we should reward such actions if someone resigns,” he said.
Mr. Gradu said the review of the next governor is essential. In electing Payette, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau abandoned a committee established by the Harper administration in 2012 to recommend the appointment of vice-members and instead moved the election process to his office.
“I think it was a good choice by all-party committees, like when Stephen Harper set up a viceroy barrister to elect David Johnston’s Honorary Viceroy. This kind of diverse review of candidates is important, “Gradu said.
Johnston, who served from October 2010 to September 2017, revealed that he charged $ 76,650 in the first six months, primarily for office establishment and hiring executive assistants, after leaving Lido Hall. I made it. He is the only former governor-general to publish expenses.
Gradu wants to prevent Bill C-305 from experiencing a similar situation in the future.
“It’s time to fix this. This private parliamentary bill will do it,” she said when she submitted the bill in the House of Representatives on June 2.
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