How Payette And Beyak Will Keep Pensions Thanks To A Law And A Loophole

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The recent resignations of former governor general Julie Payette and former senator Lynn Beyak, and the circumstances under which they stepped down, have renewed a discussion about morality and pension eligibility. If precedents set by former senators, who have resigned from their roles in disgrace, are any kind of indication: the two are not mutually exclusive. Payette, the former chief astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency, resigned as the Queen’s representative over a damning workplace harassment assessment. Ninety-two current and former Rideau Hall employees were interviewed in an independent review, and mostly painted details of a “toxic” work environment that included hostile and humiliating interactions with Payette. The nature of her resignation was unprecedented.