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Governor General Payette exposes gender double-standard on harassment



CBC reports that "the office of the Governor General is bringing in psychologists specializing in workplace stress to speak to employees following reports of workplace harassment and verbal abuse coming from the top.”

Are you kidding me? There is no doubt that the crescendo for Governor General Julie Payette's resignation would be deafening if Payette were a man.

Harassment can result when people who have power over others, whether in the workplace or in a domestic environment, seek to use that power to engage in abusive conduct, whether for sexual or other reasons.

Unfortunately, the societal conversation on this issue has created a dysfunctional stereotype that men are always the "aggressors" and perpetrators of "harassment" and that women are always on the receiving end. However, this is completely untrue, and as a result of this, society has created a veritable playground for powerful women like Payette to engage in all kinds of harassment, including sexual misconduct, against both women and men in the workplace. 

You may be surprised to know the amount of harassment, including sexual misconduct, both men and women experience at the hands of female bosses who have less power than Payette. 

Furthermore, I also know of men who have been subjected to domestic violence but can't even report it to the police out of the perfectly justified fear that law enforcement will simply laugh at them.

I document in my book how one evil woman named Marcella Carby-Samuels abused both her husband and mother. On one particular occasion when Carby-Samuels sought to physically threaten her brother, she was so confident in her "right to abuse" as a female that she handed the phone to her brother and dared him to call the police, knowing full well they would do nothing.

CBC News reported last month that Gov. General Payette has created a toxic work environment and a culture of fear at Rideau Hall by routinely berating and humiliating staff. Her second-in-command, Assunta Di Lorenzo, is also accused of insulting and bullying employees. More than 20 sources, including former employees, have told CBC News about harassment at Rideau Hall.

Isn't the Office of the Governor General supposed to be occupied by a Canadian role model citizen who inspires others at all levels? The mere accusation of harassment by multiple sources at Rideau Hall ought to be sufficient for the prime minister to ask for her resignation. Or, shall we as a society continue to hold male perpetrators of harassment accountable to the fullest extent of moral propriety and the law while allowing the powerful women of our society, like the Governor General, to run amok like protected and potentially molly-coddled psychopaths?

About the writer:

Peter Tremblay is the author of the book Justin Trudeau, Judicial Corruption and the Supreme Court of Canada: Aliens and Archons .


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