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While Payette was not an ideal choice, this mess falls at the feet of one person and one person only — Justin Trudeau.
When Trudeau came to office, he promised merit-based appointments for all manner of government jobs and set about establishing teams to vet candidates for everything from senators to appointees to government boards. For the role of governor general, he went in the opposite direction.
Trudeau dismissed the committee set up by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper to advise and present prospective candidates to serve as either governor general or as the lieutenant-governor of the provinces. He and his team selected Payette directly in 2017 and it quickly blew up in their faces.
Stories of Payette running over a blind woman in a traffic accident in Maryland arose. Payette was cleared by police in that incident, but then there were stories about her messy divorce and claims of violence and abuse, issues that would have precluded any man from taking the job.
As for her management style and questions about her suitability for high-level positions, any vetting of her past would have exposed concerns raised when she worked for the Montreal Science Centre, an organization owned and operated by the federal government.
Anything they are concerned about now should have been raised in a proper vetting, like the one that would have been conducted by the committee that Harper set up and Trudeau dismissed.
Instead, they ignored warnings and pushed ahead with their chosen candidate. They even defended her when stories leaked out in the media two years ago.