Holding Taxpayers In Contempt

Clarkson’s office refused to answer questions about what the money is being spent on or how Clarkson determines what expenses are appropriate to claim.
Clarkson’s office refused to answer questions about what the money is being spent on or how Clarkson determines what expenses are appropriate to claim.

OTTAWA — Former governor general Adrienne Clarkson is still billing Canadian taxpayers more than $100,000 a year in office expenses, and has now claimed more than $1.1 million in such expenses since she left Rideau Hall in 2005.

The expenses, paid through an unusual program that allows former governors general to bill for office expenses for the rest of their life, is used by other former governors general as well. But only Clarkson is regularly billing more than $100,000 annually, which means her expenses show up as a separate line item in the federal government’s public accounts.

The expenses are on top of the $1.6 million that Clarkson has collected to date as a government pension. It also does not include the $3 million in a start-up grant (plus up to $7 million over 10 years to match donations from the private sector) that was paid to establish Clarkson’s charitable organization, the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Both the pension and the start-up grant are standard for outgoing governors general.

The expense program for governors general was created in 1979 and appears to be unique among federal government positions. There is little public transparency in how the money is spent; Rideau Hall says it requires receipts and invoices, but it would not disclose what exactly is being expensed or how much other governors general are spending. Canada’s access-to-information law does not cover Rideau Hall.

In general, the expenses can range from “administrative support, office space and furniture, to professional services, travel and accommodation,” according to a Rideau Hall spokesperson.

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See Also:

(1) Government to review funding for former governors general in wake of Adrienne Clarkson revelations, Trudeau says

(2) Even the Queen is more accountable for her expenses than Adrienne Clarkson

(3) The public spending of a former governor-general is not a ‘private matter’

(4) Former governors general are billing Canadians—and we deserve to know the details

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The immoral money grubbing reign of faux Queen of Canada for life Clarkson (and all of her like minded self important predecessors) needs to be brought to a screeching halt. Enough already!

Have you ever had a job that comes with a generous expense account? How about one where you get to keep your expense account even after you leave the job?

If this sounds too good to be true, you haven’t heard about the great deal Canada’s governors general have been getting for the last forty years.

https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/wudrick-governors-general-shouldnt-be-billing-taxpayers-after-theyve-left-office

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Former governor general Adrienne Clarkson is still billing Canadian taxpayers more than $100,000 a year in office expenses, and has now claimed more than $1.1 million in such expenses since she left Rideau Hall in 2005. Once their time is finished Canada does not need Clarkson or any other former GG for anything official. Huge emphasis on one word, ‘need’. This so-called “unusual program” is what it is. Useless. Just another example of how once they get a taste ‘of the good life’ they don’t want to give it up. The elite are never short of ideas of how to… Read more »