Julie Pellet, the representative of the Governor General of Canada and Queen Elizabeth II, resigned from her post on Friday. He did this after a report published on Thursday about alleged workplace harassment claims leveled at his office. The government conducted an independent review of the allegations in July last year. There were allegations of a bad environment in the Governor General’s official residence – Redue Hall.
Canadian media quoted sources as saying that the findings of the review were extremely poor. Pellet said in a statement, ‘For the integrity of my office and the good of our country and democratic institutions, I have come to the conclusion that a new Governor General should be appointed. I have resigned from the post and conveyed my decision to the Prime Minister of Canada.
Current and former employees working in the Governor General’s office alleged that Pellet would threaten, publicly humiliate and bully (intimidate) employees. For this reason some left the office with tears in their eyes. Pellet responded to the allegations at the time, stating that he had taken it very seriously. The resignation of a Governor General is unprecedented in Canadian history, especially under such circumstances.
In addition to harassment claims, Pellet had faced public criticisms for insisting on costly renovations to Redue Hall. They have often had differences over the tight security of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. This includes not informing the police about going jogging. His longtime friend Asunata di Lorenzo, whom Pellet had appointed as secretary to the Governor General, was accused of abusing staff.
Lorenzo also left the job due to Pellet’s behavior. Announcing his resignation, Pellet apologized for the ‘tensions’ he had witnessed in the Redue Hall over the past few months. He said, ‘Everyone has the right to a healthy and safe work environment at all times and under all circumstances. It seems that this has not always happened and I am sorry for that.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Pellet’s resignation, ‘His resignation provides an opportunity for new leadership at Redue Hall to address concerns raised by employees about the workplace during the review. A person will be declared by Queen Elizabeth II in place of Pellet in due time. ‘