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Privy Council Office hires private firm to review harassment claims at Rideau Hall

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Quintet Consulting Corporation expected to write final report by later this fall

Ashley Burke
CBC News
Sep 01, 2020
The Privy Council Office has finalized the hiring of a private firm to conduct a workplace review into Rideau Hall more than a month after CBC News reported claims of a toxic environment and harassment in the office of Gov. Gen. Julie Payette.
More than 20 sources including current public servants and former Rideau Hall employees have told CBC News Payette has created a toxic workplace and yelled at, belittled and publicly humiliated employees. Payette's second-in-command and longtime friend Assunta Di Lorenzo also faces claims of bullying staff.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/privy- ... -1.5690838


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In the never-never land of liberal politics, the constitution is something to ignore. Our constitution declares:

11. There shall be a Council to aid and advise in the Government of Canada, to be styled the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada; and the Persons who are to be Members of that Council shall be from Time to Time chosen and summoned by the Governor General and sworn in as Privy Councillors, and Members thereof may be from Time to Time removed by the Governor General.

In 1940, Prime Minister Mackenzie King passed an Order in Council (PC 1940 1121) unlawfully moving the Privy Council from the realm of the Governor General to the Office of the Prime Minister. It is unlawful because no government can arbitrarily amend the constitution. In 1940, such a change would require the consent of the British Privy Council. Canada did not gain the right to amend her constitution without British consent until 1982.

Canada, not Great Britain, caused this situation. Under the 1931 Statute of Westminster, Canada gained control over all matters except amendments to the constitution. The twits in office, federally and provincially, could not agree on how to modify the constitution. Without an agreement, an amendment remained under the supervision of the British Privy Council.

Read the opening words of the paragraph again above: There shall be a Council to aid and advise in the Government of Canada, to be styled the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada;

Under the liberal silly-system, the Privy Council, consisting of Cabinet Ministers of the day, is to advise the government. In short, the Cabinet is advising itself, which is engaging in mental incest.

The constitution goes on: the Persons who are to be Members of that Council shall be from Time to Time chosen and summoned by the Governor General and sworn in as Privy Councillors, and Members thereof may be from Time to Time removed by the Governor General.

The Governor General, not the Prime Minister, decides who will sit on the Privy Council and for how long. The current practices of appointing Privy Councillors for life and only on the advice of the Prime Minister are incredibly foolish.

The argument for putting this matter right is not to enhance the position of the Governor General, but to remove the trappings of assumed royalty from the PMO. Our Head of State is still the Queen. In a constitutional monarchy, the monarch holds rarely exercised Executive powers.

‘Letters patent’ issued by the monarch set out the powers of the Governor General. That is not for the government of the day to decide. The Governor General, aided by an effective Privy Council, is a check against government excesses in exercise of its powers.

Ordinarily, the Governor General will not interfere with the operations of a democratic government. However, knowing that he or she can interfere curbs the tendency for majority governments to rule rather than govern democratically.

The current PMO public relations campaign to humiliate the current Governor General counters her constitutional powers and allows Trudeau to continue to rule as a king.

We can speculate that the real issue is that Payette is not as accommodating as Trudeau wants. He cannot tolerate anyone who disagrees with him.

We need to restore the balance of power.

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