The federal authorities has allotted $30 million over the previous 15 years to maintain charitable foundations created by governors normal as soon as they depart workplace.
However Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s workplace will not say if the present authorities would supply the identical help ought to Julie Payette select to arrange a basis of her personal.
Payette resigned as governor normal final month, solely three years into her five-year time period, after a scathing, unbiased assessment concluded she had presided over a poisonous work setting at Rideau Corridor.
She has not up to now signalled an intention to arrange a basis and couldn’t be reached for remark.
Consequently, the Prime Minister’s Workplace refused to say if it will think about funding one.
The PMO referred The Canadian Press to an electronic mail assertion from Privy Council Workplace spokesperson Beatrice Fenelon, who stated funding for foundations arrange by former governors normal is discretionary.
“This isn’t an entitlement, and the choice to supply monetary help, together with the quantity of help, to a basis established when a governor normal leaves workplace is made on a case-by-case foundation,” Fenelon stated.
She added that foundations created by former governors normal are “topic to the identical reporting necessities as different Canadian charitable foundations.”
Lengthy historical past of former GGs partaking in philanthropy
There’s a lengthy custom of former governors normal partaking in philanthropic work, relationship again to Vincent Massey, who held the viceregal put up from 1952 to 1959 and contributed to an current household basis after retiring.
For every of the three governors normal who preceded Payette, Fenelon stated the federal government contributed a $3 million grant to assist set up foundations and dedicated to surrender to a different $7 million over 10 years to match funds raised from different sources.
Adrienne Clarkson, who held the put up from 1999 to 2005, created the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Based on the institute’s web site, it employs 22 folks and “delivers applications and particular initiatives that encourage inclusion, create alternatives to attach, and encourage lively citizenship.”
The institute’s 2018-19 annual report says it introduced in $5.2 million, 68 per cent of which got here from “authorities” and 28 per cent from donations. It doesn’t specify whether or not governments apart from the federal authorities contributed. The assertion says the institute spent 89 per cent of that cash on applications.
Jean, Johnston additionally arrange foundations
Clarkson’s successor, Michaëlle Jean, arrange the Michaëlle Jean Basis when she left the put up in 2010. It employs a employees of 5 and goals to assist “fragile and excluded youth … discover themselves by means of the humanities and civic participation,” together with offering bursaries to younger artists, in keeping with its web site.
Its 2018-19 annual report stated Jean’s basis had income of $1.6 million, 41 per cent of which (simply over $657,000) got here from the federal Division of Canadian Heritage.
Payette’s speedy predecessor, David Johnston, arrange the Rideau Corridor Basis when he retired from the viceregal job in 2017.
Based on its web site, the muse was established to “amplify the influence of the workplace of the Governor Normal as a central establishment of Canadian democracy, and to raised serve Canadians by means of a variety of initiatives linked to studying, management, giving and innovation.”
It employs 25 employees and, in keeping with its 2019 annual report, had income of $10.5 million. It is not specified how a lot of that got here from the federal authorities.
The Rideau Corridor Basis spent practically $9 million, $3.8 million of which went to applications and one other $3.8 million to grants and scholarships. It’s now a accomplice with the Michener Awards Basis, established by Roland Michener, who was governor normal from 1967 to 1974, to have fun excellence in journalism.
Different governors normal who arrange charitable foundations after leaving the put up embody Ray Hnatyshyn, Jeanne Sauvé, Jules Léger and Georges Vanier.