Petition to the Government of Canada
The Right Honourable Julie Payette was appointed Governor General on July 13, 2017;
She resigned on January 21, 2021;
She did not complete the usual five-year term, serving only three years and six months in office;
Although she held her position for a very short time, since resigning Ms. Payette automatically receives an annual pension of $150,000 and a hospitality budget of $206,040 for the rest of her life;
The circumstances under which she left office are deeply disturbing;
80% of Canadians support ending her financial benefits; and
Ms. Payette, by her behaviors, has brought the institution of the Governor General into disrepute.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Immediately amend the Governor General’s Act so that only governors general who have held office for a minimum of five years are eligible for a pension and financial benefits; and
2. Withdraw the lifetime pension and hospitality budget of any former governor general who has not held office for at least five consecutive years, as proposed in Senator Claude Carignan’s bill, effective immediately upon the coming into force of the bill.