PM Spoke with the Queen About Governor General Resignation

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he spoke with the Queen by telephone on Friday to let her know that Canada's Chief Justice Richard Wagner is stepping in until he names a new governor general.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said that the Queen was being kept informed and will leave the matter in the hands of the Canadian government.

At a news conference outside his residence at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa today, Trudeau says everyone deserves a safe and healthy workplace, including employees at Rideau Hall.

Julie Payette announced her resignation from the role on Thursday, about a week after the government received the damning findings of an independent investigation into allegations that she presided over a toxic work environment at Rideau Hall.

Trudeau chose the former astronaut to be Canada's 29th governor general in 2017.

 

— With files from The Canadian Press