Can you fire a Governor General?

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Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Questions swirl about Julie Payette’s future after allegations of bullying, bad behaviour and privacy demands Revelations by CBC News of unusual spending by Julie Payette and allegations of a toxic work environment at Rideau Hall have raised questions about the fate of Canada’s current Governor General. Asked last Friday by CBC News whether her government had confidence in Payette, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland offered support for the Governor General’s office and the constitutional role it plays, but pointedly did not express explicit confidence in Payette. But what is the process for a governor general to vacate — willingly or otherwise — the role due to controversy? Are there precedents? And what role could Buckingham Palace or the Queen play in such a move?