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Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette resigns following ‘scathing’ workplace review

Canada’s Governor General, Julie Payette, resigned on Thursday after an outside workplace review found the former astronaut presided over a toxic work environment at the vice-regal office. In a statement, Payette acknowledged that tensions at her office in Rideau Hall »

Politics, Society

Throne speech focuses on fighting COVID-19, building ‘more resilient Canada’

The Liberal government promised to spare no effort in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and do “whatever it takes” to support Canadian people and businesses through the ongoing crisis “as long as it lasts” as it outlined its priorities for the »

Politics, Society

Liberal government mum on support for Gov. Gen. Julie Payette

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland was conspicuously parsimonious in offering her explicit support for Gov. Gen. Julie Payette on Friday amid questions about unusual spending at the vice-regal residence and allegations of harassment within her office. When asked by CBC »

Politics, Society

Canada goes for mostly virtual celebrations of its 153rd birthday

Canadians from coast to coast to coast marked the country’s 153rd birthday without the usual Canada Day parades and open-air concerts but among a tight circle of friends and family with backyard barbecues and virtual celebrations. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted »


Trudeau met with Governor General to discuss next government

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with The Queen’s representative in Canada, Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, Tuesday to advise her that he intends to form government, even though his Liberal Party fell short of getting a parliamentary majority in last week’s »


Payette and Chretien represent Canada at Chirac’s funeral

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette and former prime minister Jean Chretien joined a long list of foreign leaders past and present in Paris on Monday at a funeral service for Jacques Chirac, the French leader remembered at home for his folksy »

International, Politics

GG visits Canadian troops in Iraq and Kuwait

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette visited over the weekend with hundreds of members of the Canadian Armed Forces deployed in Kuwait and Iraq as part of Operation IMPACT, according to her office. Payette, who also holds the largely ceremonial position of »

Arts & Entertainment

World-renowned conductor awarded Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal

American-born conductor Kent Nagono received one of Canada’s highest civilian awards Thursday for his remarkable contribution to Montreal’s world-famous symphony orchestra. Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, a former astronaut and an accomplished musician herself, presented Nagano with a Meritorious Service Medal »

International, Politics

PM Trudeau to attend dinner for Aga Khan in Ottawa

The Aga Khan, the billionaire spiritual leader of the world’s 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims, is in Ottawa this week to celebrate his Diamond Jubilee and will be feted at a dinner at Rideau Hall hosted by Gov. Gen. Julie »

International, Politics

GG Julie Payette meets with Ukrainian president and Canadian soldiers

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette concluded her visit to Ukraine with a meeting on Thursday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko who thanked Canada for its “firm position of support for our country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence from the very first »