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Rapid-fire politics: Unpacking the PMO’s moving expenses

Gerald Butts and Katie Telford say they will reimburse ‘significant portion’ of expenses. Evan Solomon and John Geddes discuss.


OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s two top aides have decided to repay a portion of the $207,000 in expenses they incurred in moving to Ottawa from Toronto.

Chief of staff Katie Telford and principal secretary Gerald Butts say they followed all the rules but don’t feel comfortable about some of the relocation costs to which they were entitled.

Both will reimburse the government for miscellaneous moving expenses — $23,373 for Telford and $20,299 for Butts.

Butts also says he will further reimburse $25,141 for the land transfer tax associated with his family’s new Ottawa home.

In a statement posted on their Facebook pages and released to the media, the pair apologized for the controversy that has surrounded the moving expenses since they were revealed by the government earlier this week in response to written question from a Conservative MP.

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


Rapid-fire politics: Unpacking the PMO’s moving expenses

  1. BC has a land transfer tax as well, and it is really nothing short of a money grab.

    What do corporations do when they hire/transfer someone that’s high enough up the food chain? Do they reimburse costs such as the land transfer tax?

  2. The grits railed against the conservatives for this, and the reason they were elected, was to not look like the conservatives. Your tone is fine Mr. Trudeau, but the tempo needs to be refined, or even redefined. In the mean time it’s a little rich for other parties to complain about this. I have no problem with expenses Liberals, and if your going to use expense money just come in a little less than conservative used to expense(keep their moths shut), because if you over spend, or even spend like the conservatives, than your no different than conservatives. Remember Mr. Trudeau, your the conductor of your party orchestra, you set the tone, now lets get the tempo right. Finally, i refuse to look at QP in the HOCs, it is a waste of time, everyone in the opposition, even Tom Mulcair(so much for Perry Mason)uses a script to ask questions(kindergarten style) and the media are waiting for Trudeau to have a car crash, now that’s entertainment. Very few grits use a script to read from, and they don’t CLAP!