Cry Me A River, Honey

She no longer works for us, and we ought not to be saddled with her costs, or those of any other governor general, for life.
She no longer works for us, and we ought not to be saddled with her costs, or those of any other governor general, for life.

On Saturday, former governor general Adrienne Clarkson wrote a piece defending herself against a story published a few days before in the National Post.

It might as well have been headlined, “I am entitled to my entitlements,” a la David Dingwall, the former Liberal cabinet minister who went on to become the CEO of the Royal Mint (in which capacity, defending his expenses before a Parliamentary committee, he uttered the line that made him infamous) and who is now the president of Cape Breton University, proving only that while the rich get richer, the appointed get appointed again.

Clarkson’s rebuttal appeared in the Globe and Mail, which is interesting because when reporter Brian Platt wrote the original story, just a few days before, he was told by Clarkson’s office that a) her expenses were “a private matter” and b) she was on a weeks-long trip to Europe.

Platt’s story was a straightforward accounting of Clarkson’s lavish and continuing use of public funds since she left office in 2005 — $1.6 million thus far in government pension, $1.1 million in mysterious expenses and $3 million in a start-up grant to cement her legacy project.

This is the Institute for Canadian Citizenship which, by chance, features among other highlights the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship, her partner John Ralston Saul’s baby, the Lafontaine-Baldwin Lectures (Clarkson gave the lecture in 2007), and a variety of undoubtedly amusing salons showcasing themselves and their friends in public conversation about big issues.

In fact, one of the Institute’s salons, under the 6 Degrees banner, is in Berlin next week, featuring “a global conversation on citizenship and inclusion,” with speakers such as, yes, John Ralston Saul and, by God, Adrienne Clarkson.

[Interesting Read]

See Also:

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(2) Trudeau’s carbon tax numbers don’t add up

(3) StatsCan info grab needs to be stopped

(4) The federal government spent $23 million buying 631 new cars for the G7 summit. Now, it’s trying to sell most of them off

(5) The Supreme Court just renewed concerns about judges’ regional biases

(6) Liberals no longer proud of third-party spending

(7) UN migration compact cause for concern – yet Canada stands firm

(8) Cannabis tied to serious type 1 diabetes complications, study finds

(9) Ottawa to save money with new veterans’ pension plan, despite saying it will cost billions

(10) Conservatives call for asylum for Pakistani woman released from blasphemy death sentence

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