The Governor General, Julie Payette, is a former astronaut, so it should be no real shock that she was speaking at a science conference.
But she used her speech to mock people who don’t believe in climate change and those who do believe horoscopes, creationism and God.
Payette was dripping with condescension and elitism – even rolling her eyes at one point.
She isn't supposed to be intentionally divisive and partisan.
Instead, the Governor General is supposed to be an apolitical national unifier, a symbol of stability, and the Queen's representative in our constitutional monarchy.
And the Queen happens to be the symbolic head of the Anglican faith, worldwide.
In fact, Queen Elizabeth holds the official title “Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.”
I'm not saying the Governor General needs to promote Anglicanism or even be Anglican, but her role is directly tied to the head of a large Christian faith.
When Payette mocks people of faith, she is mocking the Queen too.
If Payette truly believes what she said in her speech about God, then wouldn't her own ethics and convictions have precluded her from taking the job in the first place...?