Two of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top aides will be repaying a portion of moving costs that they were reimbursed for, saying certain costs they were eligible for made them uncomfortable.
Chief of staff Katie Telford and principal secretary Gerald Butts made a move from Ottawa to Toronto and say they followed all the rules, but still didn’t feel entitled to the amount of money they received that was labeled as “personalized cash payout.”
The pair were entitled to over $200,000 moving expenses total.
It has been the federal government’s policy to reimburse relocation costs of senior officials and their families since the 1970s – a policy most recently updated in 2011.
Details of moving expenses for PMO staff
Both will reimburse the government for miscellaneous moving expenses, a total of $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.
Not only this, but the pair have released a full disclosure statement via Facebook, in the name of transparency promised by the Trudeau government, detailing the rest of the moving expenses they and their families incurred.
Both Telford and Butts have 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 that Trudeau has asked Treasury Board to create a new policy to govern relocation expenses across the whole of government.