Julie Payette dares to be interesting with comments on climate, astrology, and divine intervention

By Aaron Wherry

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette said a few interesting things on Wednesday night. And if that’s interesting it’s because governors general generally tend to avoid saying particularly interesting things.

Addressing a science conference in Ottawa, Payette argued for the need for greater public acceptance and knowledge of science. In doing so, she made dismissive references to astrology, the notion of “divine intervention” in the creation of life and those who doubt the scientific consensus that humans are significantly responsible for the warming planet.

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette addresses science conference.

Such stuff is probably not out of place at a science conference. And Payette is an individual of science, a former astronaut and engineer. But she is also now the governor general, Canada’s unelected and non-partisan de facto head of state  — a unifying figure and an impartial guardian of the democratic order who is supposed to exist above and beyond politics.

And that is where things get interesting.

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