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Gov. Gen. Julie Payette engulfed in controversy

Today on Front Burner, CBC’s Ashley Burke walks us through the controversies engulfing Canada’s astronaut Gov. Gen. Julie Payette.
Gov. Gen. Julie Payette receives an applause following her speech during her installation ceremony in the Senate on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Oct. 2, 2017. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

When astronaut Julie Payette was chosen to be Canada's new Governor General in 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said she would "inspire generations of Canadians."

Now, there are multiple allegations of bullying and harassment at Rideau Hall being investigated by the Privy Council's Office, and reports of unusual spending to meet Payette's demands for privacy. Today, CBC's Ashley Burke talks about the growing revelations surrounding Julie Payette's role as Governor General and what they could mean for Justin Trudeau's government.

 

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