Burlington resident write PM - gets an answer that gets her nowhere.

By Staff

April 5th, 2022



Burlington resident Mozelle Cole wrote the Prime Minister.

She wanted to talk to him about the $150,000 pension and the $206,000 expense account that is paid to former Governor General Julie Payette.

Ms Cole thought that was wrong.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau follows Governor General Julie Payette who will read the Speech from the Throne He follows her.

She wrote:

I understand that Canada pays retired governor generals a hefty retirement pension ($150,000), and a post-retirement annual expense account of $206,000. Is this information correct?

If so, I don’t feel we, the tax payers, should be paying anyone not in employment an expense account.

Thank you, Mozelle Cole, > Burlington.

Ms Cole got a response: It read:

On behalf of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, I would like to thank you for writing regarding the former Governor General, The Right Honourable Julie Payette.

As you may know, there are laws that entitle former governors general to an annuity, as well as an expense account for office and travel expenditures. This program is administered entirely by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.

Thank you once again for writing.

Sincerely,  Jean-Luc Marion. Senior Manager, Prime Minister’s Correspondence Office of the Prime Minister

Ms Cole replied:

On behalf of my entire family and friends, I would like to thank you for taking the time to respond.

You are correct, I do know there are laws in place (which is why I wrote). I do not agree with the laws in place. What is my next step? Maybe you could forward this on to someone who can guide me. I feel taxpayers have a right to tweak the archaic laws in place.

Thank you, Mozelle Cole, Burlington, ON

Astronaut Julie Payette

Ms Cole will now probably get a Christmas card from the Prime Minister and his office will have alerted MP Karina Gould about the letter.

Julie Payette, a former member of the Canadian Space program who flew into Space. Sometime later she was appointed the Governor General of Canada. That didn’t work out very well – Ms Payette resigned as the Governor General before the end of her five year appointment.

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5 comments to Burlington resident write PM – gets an answer that gets her nowhere.

  • Brenden Armstrong

    As I have said. We are to depend upon this current government to produce the next vrrnment. A case of the blind leading the blind!

  • Alide Camilleri

    This is not for publication. I am concerned about the lack of good English in this report. Please note: Mozelle Cole “wrote” a letter, but Mozelle Cole “wrote to” the Prime Minister.

    In the ultimate paragraph, the first sentence is incomplete: “who flew into space…..? What is the writer saying? It would be a good idea to subject your reporters to some editing.

  • Joe Gaetan

    This file was a disaster from the get-go. Juts add it to the long list of poor decisions. Watch this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iWcmM_u_Co

  • Mary Hill

    What a nonsense. Ms Cole expects because she writes a letter her personally held view entitles he to have a law overturned. Maybe the PM has received letters in support of the position taken by the Office of the Secretary to the Govenor General.

    Ms Cole should bear in mind the GG resigned and was not fired with cause.

    This whole article is a nonsense.

    Editor’s note: We live in a country where a citizen can write the Prime Minister – something I thought should be recognized and applauded.

  • Penny Hersh

    Julie Payette resigned before she could be fired.

    If more investigation had been done by the government before appointing her Governor General they would have found out that perhaps she was not really a team player, and not suited for the position.

    In this case it seems that she is being rewarded for poor job performance.

    My question would be have the laws been changed to prevent this from happening again?