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Payette shouldn't get same benefits as other ex-governors general: O'Toole

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole says it's not appropriate for former governor general Julie Payette to receive the customary benefits afforded to those who've left the post.
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OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole says it's not appropriate for former governor general Julie Payette to receive the customary benefits afforded to those who've left the post. 

Payette resigned last week ahead of the release of a report concluding she oversaw a highly toxic work environment at Rideau Hall. 

Former governors general are entitled to a pension and also get a regular income paid to them for the rest of their lives. 

O'Toole says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must be clear about whether he promised Payette she would get those benefits despite the cloud under which she left the office.

How Trudeau handled her appointment, subsequent problems and how he'll find her replacement will form part of the debate as Parliament resumes today. 

O'Toole says his party will also press for an emergency debate on vaccine rollout and the decision by the U.S. to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 25, 2021.

The Canadian Press