While trying to move away from the perceived notions of “entitled to my entitlements”, the Liberal Party of Canada has demonstrated once again that they are indeed entitled to their entitlements — taxpayers be damned.
As reported by CTV News / 580 CFRA’s Rob Snow on his show, “News and Views”, “Environment Minister Catherine McKenna gave over $20,000 to one of her Liberal staffers for a move — despite no costs associated with the actual move. Moving expenses for a move that didn’t exist? An imaginary move? Come again? Why? Why would the taxpayers be on the hook for $20,000 in moving expenses if those expenses were never incurred?”
Top aids of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Gerald Butts and Katie Telford have now billed the taxpayer for over $200,000 in moving expenses.
As reported in the Globe and Mail, “[…] So, on that note, how in the world did one person spend $126,669.56 to move to Ottawa to work in the Prime Minister’s Office? Where was this person moving from? Mars?
Not quite. The Globe and Mail has learned that this extraordinary expense, along with another submitted expense for $80,382.55, covered the moving costs of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s two most loyal aides, principal secretary Gerald Butts and chief of staff Katie Telford.
Both moved from Toronto to Ottawa this year, selling their homes in the process. Sources now say the figures are so high because the two Trudeau loyalists were reimbursed for the real estate and legal fees related to the sale of their homes.
These are enormous sums. A spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office has defended them on the grounds that they are in line with the “current rules.”
But the “current rules” are not the final word. The Prime Minister had the option of not signing off on such large amounts for such an unusual benefit.
And one can hardly argue that Mr. Butts and Ms. Telford, who have worked with Mr. Trudeau for years, had to be induced with economic incentives to take their jobs in the PMO. They weren’t about to say no to the opportunity to work for the man they helped elect, were they?
The decision to allow two personal allies and friends to bill for such huge amounts is a demonstration of poor judgment. This is not a glass of orange juice. This is way more than that.”
As reported in the Ottawa Sun, “The worst of the lot was news that one senior staffer in the prime minister’s office charged $126,699.56 in moving expenses to relocate to Ottawa. Another bigwig at the PMO dinged taxpayers $80,382.55 for a move.
“I don’t even know how that’s possible,” former Conservative MP Jason Kenney told the media.
He said that the biggest moving expense he approved as a cabinet minister was about $5,000, and that was for someone to move up from Washington, DC.
We know how it’s possible, though: Feel entitled to your entitlements, don’t take your role as guardian of the public purse seriously and you can pretty much expense anything.”
$6,600 dollars in self-promoting ‘climate change’ pictures of McKenna? The taxpayers paid for that bill.
The honeymoon period mainstream media have been enjoying with Prime Minister “Shiny Pony” hopefully will end soon.
One of the reasons, if not a paramount reason, for the election of the Trudeau Liberals is that taxpayers became incensed and discouraged with the Conservative Party of Canada.
Do you remember Conservative cabinet minister Bev Oda and her $16.00 glass of orange juice? Remember as she was vilified for that expense? Her career ended because controversy over her spending habits.
Do you remember Conservative Senator Mike Duffy? Do you remember how he was vilified in the court of public opinion for improper expense claims? The inherent left-wing bias of the mainstream media once again shows its true colours.
The top story yesterday (Sept 21/16) was the breaking news of this new Liberal “entitled to my entitlements” surrounding these reimbursements of moving expenses. By noon, the story was item four or five on the newscasts. By nine o’clock that same evening, this newest Liberal spending scandal was all but buried.
This is the very sort of tax-and-spend, entitled to entitlements that have plagued the Liberal Party is once again demonstrating to Canadians that they haven’t changed — this is the Liberal Party’s idea of “Sunny Ways”.
“Relogate” is just another continuance of the same tired Liberal arrogance that saw them blasted to third party status years ago.
Suddenly, a $16 dollar glass of orange juice looks a tad more refreshing.