Laura Stone, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that “Two of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top aides billed taxpayers more than $200,000 in moving expenses, mostly for legal and real estate fees covering the sale of their million-dollar Toronto homes, The Globe and Mail has learned … Gerald Butts, the Prime Minister’s principal secretary, and Katie Telford, his chief of staff, were reimbursed for moving their families from Toronto to Ottawa, a source told The Globe … [and] … One move cost almost $127,000, while the other was more than $80,000, although it’s not clear which expenses were associated with which aide.“
There was a HUGE fuss, two years ago when then Lieutenant general, now Liberal MP and House Leader Andrew Leslie was reimbursed $72,000.00 when he sold his home, on retirement, and bought a new one in the same city … it was a legitimate expense, generals tend to have large expensive homes, etc, but the media went overboard. I suspect the expenses for Mr Butts and Ms Telford fall into the same category: legitimate legal fees and real estate expenses that come with selling million dollar or multi-million dollar homes (and there are plenty of those in Toronto these days); those are the sorts of expenses that we allow for civil servants and soldiers when they are posted from one place to another.
But, after the limos and the photos and the hotels it is starting to look like Liberal entitlements, again …
… and that’s something the Liberals have to stop, quickly, lest Canadians start to remember.