Selin ATAY-TDO- Julie Payette, a former Canadian astronaut and the country's governor general since 2017, stated that she would step down, after she was accused by current and former employees of creating a "toxic" workplace environment.
"While no formal complaints or official grievances were made during my tenure, which would have immediately triggered a detailed investigation as prescribed by law and the collective agreements in place, I still take these allegations very seriously," governor general said in the statement.
As first reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) last year, current and former government employees accused Payette of creating a toxic workplace, harassing and bullying employees.
Canada's PM released his own statement, saying he had received Payette's resignation. PM did not confirm any of the allegations leveled at Payette, however, he did not thank her for her service. "Every employee in the Government of Canada has the right to work in a safe and healthy environment, and we will always take this very seriously," Canada’s PM said in a statement.
"Everyone has a right to a healthy and safe work environment, at all times and under all circumstances. It appears this was not always the case at the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General”, Payette said in her statement of resignation. However, later in the statement Payette added, "We all experience things differently, but we should always strive to do better, and be attentive to one another's perceptions."