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MP bill that would prevent governors-general from receiving pensions and benefits unless they serve their full term

Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu has a bill from a private member who wants to ensure that governors-general do not qualify for lifelong pension and expense compensation programs unless they serve their full term.

Bill C-305, an Act amending the Governor-General Act, proposes that Governors-General who do not serve a full term of five years shall not be entitled to the ordinary pension and benefits after receiving the mail has not left.

“Canadians were furious when they saw former Governor-General Julie Payette leave the job in disgrace and still receive $ 150,000 in pensions each year, as well as up to $ 200,000 in expenses,” Gladu said in an interview. .

“This bill will ensure that any governor-general who, for any reason other than medical, does not complete his full term will not be eligible for pension and benefits.”

Payette, who was sworn in on October 2, 2017, resigned on January 21 this year before the release of an independent review of environmental complaints at Rideau Hall during her tenure, described by dozens of people as hostile or toxic. .

The independent review, released by the federal government on January 27, contained allegations of repeated “shouting, shouting, aggressive behavior, derogatory comments and public humiliation” by Payette toward staff.

Payette noted in her statement of departure that no formal charges or grievances had been made against her during her tenure. Nevertheless, she decided to resign because “Canadian deserves stability in these uncertain times.”

Despite Payette leaving early and under a cloud of controversy, Payette still qualifies for a lifetime pension of at least $ 149,484 a year. National Post in report in January. She is also entitled to a lifetime expense program that gives her access to up to $ 206,000 a year from the budget of the secretary’s office to the governor general.

Gladu said it was crucial to protect taxpayers and make sure those elected governors served their terms and represented Canada well in order to earn the pension and benefits.

“This is very important because the pension and benefits that the governor-general receives for five years of service are not in line with what you would get in the private sector,” she said.

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“As far as taxpayers are concerned, they do not care to reward someone for the honorable role, but when they leave in shame, under the shadow of harassment, that the person is still entitled, it is simply not acceptable.”

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Marilyn Gladu addresses the crowd at a federal conservative leadership forum at the annual general meeting of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative party in Halifax on February 8, 2020. (Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press)

Gladu said she would expect the Bloc and possibly the NDP to support the bill, as they had indicated earlier in their speeches that future governors should be prevented from taking advantage if they do not meet their conditions.

Jagmeet Singh, leader of the NDP, said in January that he would be open to amending the provisions regarding what governors-general receive when they leave.

“I think we should not reward that kind of behavior if someone resigns in light of such a report,” he said.

Gladu said the inquiry into the next governor-general was crucial. In Payette’s election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dropped a panel set up by the Harper government in 2012 that includes constitutional scholars making recommendations for the appointment of teachers, and moved the selection process to his office instead.

‘I think a proper inquiry with a committee of all parties, as was done when Stephen Harper had the Vice-Legal Council to elect the Honorable David Johnston, I think it was an excellent choice, and the kind of divergent review of a candidate is important, ”said Gladu.

Johnston, who served from October 2010 to September 2017, revealed he demanded $ 76,650 in the first six months after leaving Rideau Hall, mostly to set up an office and appoint an executive assistant. He remains the only former governor-general to make public his expenses.

Gladu hopes that Bill C-305 will prevent a similar situation from occurring in the future.

‘It’s time to fix it. The bill of this private member would do that, “she said in the Volksraad on June 2 when she tabled the bill.

With files from The Canadian Press

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