Report into Julie Payette’s conduct at Rideau Hall details toxic environment, public humiliations

An independent report examining the workplace culture at Rideau Hall found that former governor general Julie Payette and her deputy Assunta Di Lorenzo presided over a toxic work environment. 

Released publicly Wednesday night, the report details allegations from staff members of “yelling, screaming, aggressive conduct, demeaning comments and public humiliations.”

The report said that 43 staff members at Rideau Hall described the general work environment as “hostile or negative.”

Twenty-six people interviewed “used the words ‘toxic’ or ‘poisoned’ to describe the general work atmosphere” at Rideau Hall during Payette’s time there. 

In July the Privy Council Office announced it had hired an independent consulting firm to review reports that Payette was responsible for workplace harassment at Rideau Hall after a series of reports by CBC News. 

Report’s intention was to determine the scope of the problem and therefore does not make findings of fact, it only relays what the interview participants reported.

More to come.


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