WATCH ABOVE: Trudeau sidesteps questions on $200,000 moving bill for top aides
Two senior staff from the Prime Minister’s Office have posted a public explanation and apology for more than $200,000 in moving expenses charged to the public purse.
On Thursday a message was posted on the Facebook page of Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s principal secretary, on behalf of Butts and Katie Telford, Trudeau’s chief of staff.
Trudeau has been under fire in recent days since it was revealed five of his staff members had expensed $220,000 in moving costs for their relocation to Ottawa. He has stood by the moving costs, saying all staff followed the rules in their claims.
In the Facebook note, Butts breaks down the costs each of them claimed; Telford’s include $44,149.50 for real estate commission, fees and employer taxes, $10,735 for moving logistics, and $23,373.71 for personalized cash payout and incidentals.
Butts’ include $47,103 for real estate commission, fees and employer taxes, $14,636 for moving logistics, and $20,799 for personalized cash payout and incidentals.
“When we reviewed these costs, we decided that the amount called “personalized cash payout” which is for miscellaneous moving expenses is unreasonable, and we will both be reimbursing that amount,” the message states.
Butts will also reimburse land transfer costs, which is listed at $25,141.