IF THERE'S anyone who is surprised the prime minister's staff expensed more than $200,000 in moving expenses, they haven't been paying attention.
Justin Trudeau has a long history of considering the taxpayers' purse as his own wallet, from the days when he was a youngster with Katimavik where he enjoyed lavish dinners and hotel rooms to putting nannies on the public payroll, to shelling out for his family and various hangers on to preen in Washington.
No expense was spared, because it was, after all, someone else's money.
Now comes word his principal secretary and chief of staff were reimbursed for selling their homes and moving to Ottawa. One billed the taxpayer $127,000, the other $80,000.
Some of this covered legal fees and commissions for selling their homes, which they both sold for hundreds of thousands more than they paid for them.
And yes, there is a policy allowing for government employees to claim moving expenses but, good gosh, $127,000, $80,000…. you can move an entire house for that kind of a cost and have spare change.
We're hearing the prime minister himself is said to have signed off on these expenses, continuing his binge spending, clearly oblivious to how hard people have to work to provide the tax dollars he and his government are so readily blowing out the door.
It adds a new dimension to the image of politicians at the trough but who's really to blame? The guy with his hand in the piggy bank, or those who gave him the key. As the old axiom goes… fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.
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David Johnson says:
September 23, 2016 12:34pm
Done, dealt with, lets move on ... and interesting that Jim didnt mention this little detail. It is the Liberal transparency rules that allowed this information to get out, yet the Harper staff expense files are sealed, and still Conservative members of the house jump on it, as if their party is the clean one.
I'll take transparency = changing and updating old policy, over sealed = hiding from transparency any day.