Julie Payette Is Incredibly Unpopular For A Governor General

The position usually unites Canadians. But in Payette’s case, she’s become a very divisive figure.

A new survey shows that Julie Payette is incredibly unpopular for a Governor General.

According to Angus Reid, 29% of Canadians say “Julie Payette is poorly suited to the role of Governor General.”

25% say “Julie Payette is adjusting, and will eventually settle into the role of Governor General.”

Meanwhile, 46% say they are “not sure/can’t say.”

When asked whether Payette was doing a good job or a bad job, 22% said good job, 21% said bad job, and 57% said they were “not sure/can’t say.”

Payette’s numbers among Conservatives are terrible, with just 16% saying she’s doing a good job while 41% say she’s doing a bad job.

Meanwhile, 29% of Liberals say “good job,” while 16% say “bad job.” But even among Liberals, the number that really stands out is the fact that 55% say they aren’t sure. Considering how heavily hyped Payette was by Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government, her lack of approval even among Liberals is astounding.

A deeper look into the numbers is even worse for Payette. Only 5% of people said she was doing a “very good job,” meaning the majority of her ‘support’ is lukewarm at best.

The poll also points out that opposition to Payette isn’t based only partisan differences. When Payette was first announced as the Governor General choice, 47% of Conservatives supported her. Now, just 16% of Conservatives support her, showing that the drop in support for her is based on her performance, or lack thereof.

And as if the numbers weren’t bad enough, it turns out that more people think Payette is doing a “bad job” than a “good job” in all provinces except Quebec. In her home province, 33% say she’s doing good, while 18% say she’s doing bad. In every other province, the “bad” outweighs the “good.”

Payette is particularly unpopular in Alberta and Saskatchewan. In Alberta, just 16% approve of how she’s doing as Governor General, while 30% disapprove. In Saskatchewan, those numbers are even worse at 10% and 34% respectively.

Payette’s bad numbers are no surprise, considering that she insulted millions of religious Canadians in an arrogant speech. As a reminder, here’s what Payette had 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. 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.”

You can watch those remarks below:

After those remarks, I said Payette had to resign, and things have only gotten worse for her since then. She has been criticized for not putting enough effort into the job – skipping events past Governors General attended.

The Governor General is supposed to unite Canadians, not divide us. Payette is an obvious failure as Governor General, and Canadians are seeing that more and more.

Spencer Fernando

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Glen
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Glen

Like Trudeau and Bellegarde, Payette has divided the country because she lets Trudeau and Bellegarde do whatever they want instead of taking charge as the Queen’s representative and telling SockBoy and MR. “bring Canada to its knees” to get their crap together, unite Canada as a people and one nation with One law for all. Canada is in a mess because we have no leadership in any of them!!!

Dave Shirlaw
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Dave Shirlaw

Woman who speaks French.

Don Taylor
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Don Taylor

anybody that is related to Turdeau’s govt is a failure so it is not surprising that Payette is a failure to

Ann
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Ann

We shouldn’t be surprised. She hasn’t done a darn thing, and is being paid a lot of money for doing NOTHING, and she is a Liberal. That tells it all!

Del
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Del

“The Governor General is supposed to unite Canadians, not divide us. Payette is an obvious failure as Governor General, and Canadians are seeing that more and more. ”
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Replace “Governor General” with “Government”, and “Payette” with Trudeau and you have a complete picture

Rakph Watzke LLB
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Rakph Watzke LLB

Most Cdns usually do not care……. so this must be a real Concern.
OF COURSE WHAT DO YOU EXPECT – HER CLAIM TO FAME IS AS A “SPACE CADET” ! I WONDER IF SHE WAS A “ROCKET SCIENTIST” TOO – LIKE LEONID KUCHMA, UKRAINE’S SECOND WORST PRESIDENT….
BUT THEN MOST CANADIANS DON’T CARE ABOUT ANY IMPORTANT THINGS – THIS IS SOMEWHAT LESS SO AS SHE’S ONLY A FIGUREHEAD ANYWAY & TAXPAYERS HAVE TO PAY FOR A G-G ANYWAY…

Bruce
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Bruce

Look, in fairness, name me one Trudeau appointee who is doing a good job. All of these really poor performers are a result of the worst leadership they have ever encountered in their private or public sector careers. Why they don’t just walkaway is beyond me. Pork barrel is a strong motivator, I guess. If, like in the US, they receive lobbyist payoffs it must be a very lucrative career in spite of Turdo’s leadership.

Don Sussums
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Don Sussums

She should resign from that position .

Eric Blair
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Eric Blair

She won’t resign a $300K a year job with all those perks. She is the Queen’s representative in Canada so perhaps the Queen can fire her as she is doing a piss poor job of representing her Majesty.

Ivan Hawkes
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Ivan Hawkes

The Liberal attempt at being a government is an overall FAILURE largely because they chose immature and irresponsible people to work in their party. Qualification had nothing to do with hiring Liberal party members, the choices on who should be in the Liberal caucus were based on gender, ethnicity, and if they lived in reality or some kind of dreamland fantasy thinking. Only la la land thinkers were allowed. Payette was chosen because the Liberals thought she’d be POPULAR, their choice was NOT based on qualification (just like the Liberal government is NOT qualified, from top to bottom).