Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Disdain and Mockery:' Saskatchewan Premier Criticizes Governor General's Speech

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Disdain and Mockery:' Saskatchewan Premier Criticizes Governor General's Speech

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Governor General shouldn't mock people of faith: Wall

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REGINA - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says Gov. Gen. Julie Payette should avoid denigrating faiths that believe in a creator.

Payette has faced criticism for a speech last week that some say mocked people of faith and appeared to criticize people who believe in creationism and horoscopes.

"We are still debating and still questioning whether life was a divine intervention or whether it was coming out of a natural process, let alone, oh my goodness, a random process,'' she told a Canadian Science Policy Convention in Ottawa.

"I thought there was disdain and mockery for someone's religious beliefs," Wall said Thursday in Regina.

Wall said Payette is well qualified to serve as Governor General given her record of public service and professional achievements. But he said her comments did not meet the standard of conduct that comes with the position.

"As a Governor General, if that's what you believe, that's fair, but I don't think you should present those views because there's an insensitivity to millions of Canadian who don't agree," said Wall. …

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