July 20, 2017

Trudeau’s gender-based double standard on display in Governor General pick

Brian LilleyArchive

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.

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commented 2017-07-21 10:18:23 -0400
Justin Trudeau’s own credentials are minimal. Half of Canada has better credentials than him. The truth is that he was elected on a whim by Canadians, mostly because of his looks and his name. The whole thing is a joke. Why would anyone expect some standards from an empty suit like Trudeau is beyond me.
commented 2017-07-21 09:19:58 -0400
Canadian Mongrel said, "The GG should not be selected at the whim of the PMO. "

I agree. Include in that list judges and senate appointments.
commented 2017-07-21 02:20:02 -0400
EH! Rebel – lets put an Uplike or downlike button put on this forum.
commented 2017-07-21 02:12:40 -0400
Ah, ah ahh hh TruDope – learn to SPEAK f**kin English you french frog POS!
commented 2017-07-21 00:05:15 -0400
Thank fk its not Omar Alghabra!….. or Maryam Monsef…. and she’s not even Canadian. Why not Khadr> He’s a Canadian citizen who is having trouble getting a job. He said so in his phony interview with that doll Rosie Barton ( whole lotta Rosie ) with CNN North, the CBC.

As MONGREL said, elected by us would make sense. Same with the senators. How simple and non partisan it could be.
commented 2017-07-20 22:12:45 -0400
I’m surprised she isn’t lesbian. I thought for sure his choice would be someone who was gay.
commented 2017-07-20 21:58:27 -0400
Well, if things were the other way around…
commented 2017-07-20 21:57:50 -0400
Payette if you can somehow get Trudeau signed up for the one way Mars mission you got my vote for PM. Please Canada don’t re-elect this idiot!
commented 2017-07-20 20:50:46 -0400
Good choice, as maybe she will go crazy and assault and kidnap her boss, and with her skills send him on a one-way trip to Mars.
commented 2017-07-20 20:09:15 -0400
Trudeau’s double standard is evident to everyone but him, typical trait of a narcissist.

I was under the impression this appointment would go to an indigenous person.
“Justin Trudeau says next GG will ‘reflect the diversity of Canada
PM references his ’because it’s 2015’ comment when discussing choice of who will come next”
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-governor-appointment-diversity-1.3445877

I agree with Canadian Mongrel who said, " I think the GG should be elected by the people, because the GG is the head of state and represents the people. If not by the people as a whole, then at least by our parliament. The GG should not be selected at the whim of the PMO."
commented 2017-07-20 19:49:11 -0400
She represents the best of Canadian values? 2 divorces, felonious assault, running down handicapped – maybe trailer park values.
commented 2017-07-20 19:40:14 -0400
A second problem is that the selection was made secretively in the PMO, and not openly which one would have expected for a self proclaimed transparent government. Harper had an all party committee make the GG selection which he honoured. I guess Baby Doc is shy of all party committees after the electoral reform committee.

Third, it was being proclaimed this GG would be of indigenous descent. Another broken expection given by Baby Doc to FNMI.

Personally, I think the GG should be elected by the people, because the GG is the head of state and represents the people. If not by the people as a whole, then at least by our parliament. The GG should not be selected at the whim of the PMO.
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