Two of the Prime Minister’s top aides have decided to pay back a portion of some $200,000 in moving expenses.
Justin Trudeau’s Chief of staff Katie Telford and principal secretary Gerald Butts said on social media and in a media release, that they felt less than comfortable about some of their relocation costs incurred in a move from Toronto to Ottawa.
The two apologized for the controversy surrounding the moving expenses since revealed by the government earlier this week.
Telford says she will reimburse the government for $23,373, while Butts says he will give back $20,299 and a further $25,141 for the land transfer tax associated with his family’s new Ottawa home.
Both insist they followed the policy that’s been in place for decades.
Trudeau has promised to work on a new policy to govern relocation expenses.
Butts has received much praise on his Facebook account from friends and supporters.