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Queen’s Representative in Canada Quits Amid Harassment Claims

  • Governor general resigns after review of workplace conditions
  • Payette is a retired astronaut and has held role since 2017
Julie Payette
Julie PayettePhotographer: Blair Gable/Reuters/Bloomberg

Canadian Governor General Julie Payette resigned on Thursday after a review of allegations of workplace harassment.

The government ordered an independent review of working conditions at Rideau Hall, Payette’s official residence, in July after CBC News reported she had verbally harassed employees and created a toxic work environment. The report cited several current and former public servants. Payette denied the allegations.