Arrogant and condescending speech shows Payette has no interest in representing all Canadians, and totally undermines confidence in the Governor General role.
As Julie Payette faces continued criticism from growing numbers of Canadians across the country, it is clear that she has failed as governor general, and must resign.
In a recent Ottawa speech, Payette said “Can you believe that still today in learned society, in houses of government, unfortunately, we’re still debating and still questioning whether humans have a role in the Earth warming up or whether even the Earth is warming up, period.”
Added Payette, “We are still debating and still questioning whether life was a divine intervention or whether it was coming out of a natural process let alone, oh my goodness, a random process.”
Payette also referred to “climate change deniers,” and said “So many people … still believe, want to believe that maybe taking a sugar pill will cure cancer if you will it good enough and that your future and every single one of the people here’s personalities can be determined by looking at planets coming in front of invented constellations.”
The arrogance and condescension of Payette’s comments is obvious, and her comments are insulting to millions of people all across Canada. While Payette has every right to her beliefs, the Governor General position is supposed to be a unifying one, not a platform for pushing a certain political agenda.
As Robyn Urback wrote“The role of the Governor General is apolitical by design; as a representative of the Crown, she is expected to use her executive powers in the interest of Canada, and not a single party, or group or administration. The integrity of the role falls apart if the governor general is perceived to be of one camp or another.”
Urback also brought attention to the following tweet from Catherine McKenna, pointing out that it should make Canadians “uncomfortable,” since the government should be “indifferent” to the Governor General:
— Catherine McKenna (@cathmckenna) November 2, 2017
Not good. Considering the Governor General has immense influence over whether a government falls and has tremendous power if they chose to use it, it’s very disturbing to see the position politicized. While I’m not a big fan of the Governor General position itself, so long as Canada has one, it must be a totally non-partisan role that shows respect for all Canadians.
WATCH: Part of Payette’s arrogant speech
Julie Payette must resign
It is now clear that Julie Payette must resign. The issue isn’t her beliefs, but the way she is condescending towards the millions of Canadians who have a different opinion from her. Payette clearly thinks she is better than everyone else, and must arrogantly lecture to Canadians, instead of just doing her job.
The Trudeau government loves talking about diversity, yet they seem opposed to diversity of thought, instead pushing the same elitist line. Payette has turned her position into a partisan and divisive office, and that demonstrates a total failure to understand the role.
As a result, one of the last roles that still had widespread trust is losing credibility, and Payette is now seen as a partisan figure. For that to happen to such a powerful position means the breaking down of trust in our democracy, and creates a crisis of confidence that can undermine the legitimacy of the government structure.
For that reason, Julie Payette has to go, because Canadians deserve far better from the Governor General role.
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