When Julie Payette was announced as our next governor general, I had no issue, outside of how we appoint anyone in government these days which is based on external factors rather than a person’s qualifications, but with Payette we had someone with amazing credentials.
Is she qualified to be Governor General? It’s a job that doesn’t have a qualification list but whoever occupies the post represents the Queen in Canada while she is absent.
They perform official functions, and sometimes even make key constitutional decisions but the job has become a reward for a distinguished Canadian, and Payette is that.
She has an impressive resume but she’s also human and like many of us has a messy personal story that involves being in a horrific crash that killed a blind woman that jay walked in front of her - police ruled it was not Payette’s fault.
And she’s also just recently divorced for the second time, something many Canadians have gone through. None of this disqualifies her from being Governor General.
But there is one event, a second degree assault charge that stemmed from a domestic dispute call, that would see her disqualified from being the next Governor General if she were a man.
If Julie Payette were John Payette, then Trudeau never would have appointed her.
Watch as I explain and ask yourself, even with the charges dropped, can you imagine Justin Trudeau going forward with such a high profile appointment of a man that had been charged with assaulting his wife?
It wouldn’t happen. Not even with the charges dropped, yet Trudeau is defending this.
Family life can be messy and what this story shows is that despite all of her accomplishments, Payette is a human being like the rest of us. Her life is not perfect.
But this also shows that Justin Trudeau, who the PMO says knew of the charges before the appointment, employs a double standard he never would allow to be applied for any man in the exact same situation.