PMO Moving Expenses Story

… an Atlas case news story involving the Prime Minister’s Office

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Gerald Butts, Principal Secretary Katie Telford, Chief of Staff

The story

This page provides a sample of main stream media reports in late September 2016 involving the expenses associated with the move of the two most senior aides in the Canadian Prime Minister’s Office to Ottawa from their homes in Toronto.

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Click for Butts' Facebook page and see posting of 5:28 pm 22 September 2016

Click for Butts’ Facebook page and see posting of 5:28 pm 22 September 2016

For the Treasury Board’s Policies for Ministers’ Offices – January 2011 referenced in the above posting, see http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/hgw-cgf/structure/pgmo-pldcm/pgmo-pldcm08-eng.asp#toc8-2, where the key section is 8.2.1 Relocation: “A minister may, at his or her discretion, reimburse the relocation expenses of appointees who accept employment as exempt staff at the EX-02 equivalent and above. Any benefits are negotiated between the minister and the individual. Any negotiated relocation assistance for those individuals is to be paid from the minister’s own other operating budget. Relocation assistance may be up to the full provisions of the NJC Relocation Directive”, which is archived at http://www.njc-cnm.gc.ca/directive/index.php?sid=227&lang=eng, and has many pages – click Next at bottom of each page.

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Globe and Mail editorial cartoon, 26 September 2016

 

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Globe and Mail editorial cartoon, 28 September 2016

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Sources

Adam Radwanski (2016), Gerald Butts: The BFF in the PMO, Globe and Mail, 3 September 2016, at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/gerald-butts-the-guardian-of-the-trudeaunarrative/article31692482/, accessed 3 September 2016. Radwanski opens his article with a reference to the 2005 commencement address by the late writer, David Foster Wallace, that “went viral.” The address is available in audio at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYGaXzJGVAQ, and in text at https://www.1843magazine.com/story/david-foster-wallace-in-his-own-words, accessed 4 September 2016.

Laura Stone (2016), Top Trudeau aides Butts, Telford expensed over $200,000 for moving homes, Globe and Mail, 21 September 2016, at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/top-trudeau-aides-butts-telford-expensed-over-200000-for-moving-homes/article31995512/, accessed 22 September 2016.

Globe Editorial (2016), How do you spend $126,669 to move house? Only the Liberals know, Globe and Mail, 21 September 2016, at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials/how-do-you-spend-126669-to-move-house-only-the-liberals-know/article31992733/, accessed 22 September 2016.

Canadian Press (2016), Rapid-fire politics: Unpacking the PMO’s moving expenses, Gerald Butts and Katie Telford say they will reimburse ‘significant portion’ of expenses (video), Evan Solomon and John Geddes discuss, 22 September 2016, at http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/key-liberal-aides-apologize-over-moving-expenses/, accessed 24 September 2016.

CBC The National (2016), Rex Murphy on “Outrageous” Liberal Expenses (video), at http://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/rex-murphy-on-outrageous-liberal-expenses-1.3775364, accessed 24 September 2016.

Laura Stone (2016), Trudeau aides Butts and Telford to repay portion of moving expenses, Globe and Mail, 22 September 2016, at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/trudeau-aides-butts-and-telford-will-repay-some-moving-expenses/article31999944/, accessed 23 September 2016.

Campbell Clark (2016), Hiding behind rules, Trudeau shrugs off responsibility for staff’s moving costs, Globe and Mail, 22 September 2016, at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/globe-politics-insider/with-staffs-moving-costs-trudeau-is-hiding-behind-rules-he-can-change/article32018424/, accessed 23 September 2016.

Michael Den Tandt (2016), Liberals fall into entitlement trap with spending missteps, National Post, 22 September 2016, at http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/liberals-fall-into-entitlement-trap, accessed 23 September 2016.

Jeffrey Cowan (2016), Upset about how much Telford and Butts spent on moving? Welcome to Toronto, Globe and Mail, 23 September 2016, at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/upset-about-how-much-telford-and-butts-spent-on-moving-welcome-to-toronto/article32041631/, accessed 24 September 2016.

Globe Editorial (2016), For Butts and Telford, hindsight is 20/20, and also convenient, Globe and Mail, 23 September 2016, at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials/for-butts-and-telford-hindsight-is-2020-and-also-convenient/article32037552/, accessed 26 September 2016.

David Parkins (2016), Hey, big spender, Globe and Mail editorial cartoon, 25 September 2016, at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorial-cartoons-for-september-2016/article31597983/, accessed 26 September 2016.

Laura Stone (2016), Trudeau’s aides were not fully reimbursed for moving costs: PMO, Globe and Mail, 26 September 2016, at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/conservative-leadership-hopeful-calls-on-former-harper-aide-to-repay-moving-expenses/article32054902/, accessed 28 September 2016.

Laura Stone (2016), PMO denies aides were briefed on moving expense reimbursements, Globe and Mail, 27 September 2016, at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/company-that-moved-trudeau-aides-says-all-clients-briefed-on-costs-of-relocation/article32077868/, accessed 28 September 2016.

Brian Gable (2016), No High-Fives until We See Some Clarity on the PMO Moving Expenses Brouhaha, Globe and Mail editorial cartoon, 28 September 2016, at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorial-cartoons-for-september-2016/article31597983/, accessed 28 September 2016.

Globe and Mail (2016), Dystopian republic. Plus other letters to the editor, 28 September 2016, at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/letters/sept-28-dystopian-republic-plus-other-letters-to-the-editor/article32090288/, accessed 28 September 2016.

B.J. Siekierski (2016), Giorno strikes back at Trost … again – Says the MP once claimed $2.60 for a dollar store purchase, iPolitics, 29 September 2016, at http://ipolitics.ca/2016/09/29/giorno-strikes-back-at-trost-again/, accessed 30 September 2016.

Carolyn Ireland (2016), Trudeau aides’ moving scandal sheds light on real estate commissions, Globe and Mail, 29 September 2016, at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/real-estate/toronto/trudeau-aides-moving-scandal-sheds-light-on-real-estate-commissions/article32099724/, accessed 30 September 2016.

Atlas topic, subject, and course

Machinery of Government (core topic) in Governance and Institutions and Atlas100 Governance and Institutions.

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified on 4 October 2016.

Image: National Post, Trusted Trudeau advisors, 29 October 2015, at http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/trusted-trudeau-advisers-political-duo-are-the-architects-behind-liberal-victory, accessed 24 August 2016.