And you thought $500 a year for therapeutic massages was a great work perk.
The Globe and Mail has learned here that Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary, and Katie Telford, his chief of staff, billed taxpayers over $200,000 to move their families from Toronto to Ottawa.
Most of the expenses include legal and real estate fees associated with the sale of their homes, each valued at more than one million dollars.
One move cost $127,000, while the other totaled $80,000 (we’re still not sure which aide racked up which cost).
Kate Purchase, Trudeau’s communications director, defended the expenditures.
“Some people across government, and in the PMO, moved from rental to rental, others sold their homes and moved their families to Ottawa,” Ms. Purchase said in an e-mail.
“In the case of the two larger numbers for the PMO, the vast majority of the costs had to do with real estate and legal fees. There were much smaller moving logistic (i.e moving company) fees associated as well.”
According to Purchase, the Canadian Government has covered moving expenses for public servants and staff since the 1970s.