GG Julie Payette and Rideau Hall’s top bureaucrat resign in wake of damning workplace review

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The Prime Minister’s Office declined a request for comment. The Rideau Hall press office has not yet responded to questions sent early Thursday morning.

Sources say the workplace review runs to nearly 200 pages. Participation in the review was voluntary, but one source told the Post that more than 100 people were interviewed as part of the review.

Assunta Di Lorenzo/

Di Lorenzo was an unusual hire by Payette, a corporate lawyer from Montreal with no experience in federal government filling a position that is normally given to someone knowledgeable about government operations or in administering vice-regal affairs. However, Payette had a close friendship with di Lorenzo, who she met decades ago through an international baccalaureate program.

The Secretary to the Governor General is the top administrator at Rideau Hall, serves as the liaison between the Governor General and most external organizations, and oversees all the public service staff (about 150 people). Di Lorenzo was appointed to the position by a cabinet order that took effect on Feb. 2, 2018, for a five-year term with a salary range of $192,600 – $226,500.

GG Julie Payette and Rideau Hall's top bureaucrat resign in wake of damning workplace review
Governor General Julie Payette delivers the speech from the throne as Parliament prepares to resume for the first time since the federal election, on Dec. 5, 2019. Photo by Blair Gable/Reuters

Payette’s tenure as governor general has been filled with controversy since she was nominated in July 2017 and took office that October. Along with the workplace complaints, media reports have detailed questionable spending projects at Rideau Hall, Payette’s clashes with her security team, and Payette’s refusal to live in Rideau Hall even after renovations were complete.

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