Government General Julie Payette has surprised the Canadians by her behavior, which seems to be out of the world. Instead of using her chauffeur-driven car, which would take less than 90 minutes from Mirabel en route to her Laurentian Mountain bungalow, she allegedly uses a taxpayer-fuelled jet, which takes two hours of pre-takeoff prep time and about $5,000 an hour to defy gravity.
Rideau Hall has confirmed that her Excellency uses the Challenger for official trips. She has reportedly been to Halifax, Trenton, and Saskatoon this year. At the same time, Flight data tracking has revealed several flights this year, leaving Mirabel for Ottawa with a number of questioning departures from a couple of landing strips in the province. Payette also took on a flight on May 6 from Brockville.
Nonetheless, spokesperson Ashlee Smith denies these accusations insisting that the Governor-General has never used the Challenger for personal use nor used it for travel to Ottawa on ceremonial duties. Rideau Hall has also denied the awareness of those alleged flights.
We’ve heard so much drama about the Governor-General. In 2018 Payette allegedly balked at the request for giving her royal assent signature to pivotal government bills because she wasn’t given enough notice. She also refused to live in Rideau Hall, regardless of asking for costly solutions to accessibility issues and enhanced security doors to staff offices.
As if that is not enough, we’ve heard of the numerous reports of staff mistreatment and verbal abuse by her and a top aide, which has prompted a government investigation. With only a year left, many are questioning Payette’s ability to serve as a marginal Governor-General.