TRUDEAU'S TOP AIDES GIVING BACK SOME OF THEIR MOVING EXPENSES

Sep 22, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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Taxpayers will get some money back.
That’s because Justin Trudeau’s two top aides say they will repay a portion of the $207,000 in expenses they incurred – when they moved to Ottawa from Toronto.

The Prime Minister’s chief of staff Katie Telford – and principal secretary Gerald Butts say they followed all the rules – but they don’t feel comfortable about some of the relocation costs – to which they were entitled, so they’ll both reimburse the government for miscellaneous moving expenses.

That comes to  $23,373 for Telford and $20,299 for Butts – who also says he will further reimburse $25,141 – for the land transfer tax associated with his family’s new Ottawa home.

In a statement released to the media, the pair apologized for the controversy surrounding the moving expenses – since they were revealed by the government earlier this week – in response to written question from a Conservative MP.

The top aides say they followed the policy that’s been in place for decades – but they say Trudeau has asked Treasury Board to create a new policy – to govern relocation expenses across the whole of government.

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