September 23, 2016

UPDATE: Butts investigates himself, vows to repay fraction of $127K — but that's not good enough

Rebel Staff
 

An update on the major scandal out of Ottawa this week: Justin Trudeau’s top aides caught skimming hundreds of thousands of dollars in padded expense claims.

Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s best friend since university, billed Canadian taxpayers $127,000 to move from Toronto to Ottawa to work for Trudeau as his senior advisor.

You know, you can literally buy an around-the-world cruise for an entire family for $127,000, but thhat’s what Butts charged Canadians to move him from down the highway from Toronto to Ottawa.

We put out a video about this on Thursday morning, and e-mailed it to thousands of Canadians, who signed our petition, and agreed to help us fund a billboard demanding that Butts, and another senior staffer, Katie Telford, pay the money back.

Hours after our petition was launched, the Liberals switched gears:

The Toronto Star put them on the cover saying they’re sorry:

"Expenses 101: Liberals get painful lesson in perception vs. reality 'They may all be legitimate expenses, but it’s going to be hard for the government to legitimize them”.

In other words, if you think there’s a problem billing taxpayers $127,000 to Ottawa, you’re just perceiving things wrong. 

Then Gerald Butts himself put out a statement on Facebook:

"As this process relates to us, we were eligible to be reimbursed for a bunch of costs that we don’t feel comfortable about. While the rules were clear and we followed them, we both know that’s not always enough.”

Then Butts shows just how much he took, and for what. I’ll show you his “expenses,” like “real estate commission, fees and employer taxes: $47,103.56” and “personalized cash payout and incidentals: $20,799.10.” A cup of coffee here, a tank of gas there. Twenty grand.

There’s more. WATCH my report. It’s shocking.

Butts says it’s all fine, though. But just to take the pressure off, he’s is going to give back around $27,000. So he’s keeping $100,000. His moving truck was only $14,000. The rest is gravy, Liberal style.

No independent review. No auditor. No neutral civil servant to review. No copies of receipts, no itemization of what he tried to get away with for a year, until he was outed. We just have Gerald Butts investigating Gerald Butts, and saying what Gerald Butts will do.

Sorry, that’s a banana republic.

(Meanwhile, Mike Duffy had a year-long trial, where everything was out in the open, even his personal diary...)

We’re still adamant that Butts repay the rest of his padded money. We’re still aiming for 127,000 signatures on our petition, and we’re still going to take out a billboard in Ottawa demanding Butts repay his cash.

Are you satisfied with Butts investigating and exonerating himself? Are you satisfied with him taking $100,000 of your money, instead of $127,000? Do you believe he’s sorry?

Or do you believe he’s only sorry he got caught?

Forward this video to your friends. Ask them to sign the petition.

And help us put up our billboard in Ottawa shaming Butts into doing the right thing.

CLICK HERE to do all that at PayTheMoneyBack.ca



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commented 2016-09-26 09:33:41 -0400
Butts:

You and your fellow Communist Liberals are adding to the destruction of Canada. You not only should be returning every last penny, but you & your fellow thieves should have your property confiscated and held in trust until every last dime you have stolen from the Canadian people is returned.

You should be subject to an independent audit not just over this case but any other money you have been stealing from the Canadian public.

Then your “sorry Ass” should be thrown in jail.
commented 2016-09-25 13:35:15 -0400
Some years ago I moved across country to a job for significantly less. CRA rules are quite specific. As an employee I was allowed to claim actual moving expenses, real estate expenses along with temporary housing prior to obtaining another house were not allowed. Although, the cost of the movers, and the gasoline to get myself to my new location were permitted, Motel costs and meals along the way were not. It was the cost of getting and maintaining employment I was told. So be it. The tax return was to say the least, fractional. Will CRA investigate this blatant abuse of tax dollars? Unlikely. The Liebranos are beyond reproach!
commented 2016-09-24 16:24:43 -0400
Ezra,

When you say that Gerald Butts is Trudeau’s friend from university, it should be remembered that Justin dropped out of both McGill (it looks like they are sitting on the steps of the Arts building) and then the University of Montreal.

He is an equal opportunity dropout. First an English and then a French university. I’m certain that in French Quebec circles is that he should have dropped out of a French university first, and then an English university, but its all moot. When it comes to using a brain he just can’t keep up. And being a PM’s son is almost an automatic pass. Just show up and occupy a seat.

Baby Doc Trudeau is probably the least educated of all Prime Ministers this country has had. Also, the least accomplished. Must make daddy proud! From ski bum to PM. Thank god for trust funds, n’est pas?
commented 2016-09-24 15:08:42 -0400
The Liberals are behaving true to form. Corruption is part of their DNA and if they are Quebec Liberals, then, they are even more corrupt.
commented 2016-09-24 12:52:25 -0400
Independent review. In the meanwhile, Butts should step down until the review is finished and shown to be clear (and clean).

Just another Liberal entitlement they are entitled to have. At our expense, of course.
commented 2016-09-24 04:10:44 -0400
John Landry , n ot a pillar of salt but fire and brimstone on their heads they are Judasses who steal from the poor to live in million dollar mansions.
commented 2016-09-24 04:07:52 -0400
I think they should pay back the whole sum of $127,000 plus interest calculated daily, to shame them in stealing from the taxpayer who has to pay for their own moving expenses if they move to another location. If they dont get paid enough in salary to pay for their own expenses, maybe they should look for another job?
commented 2016-09-23 23:45:19 -0400
Torches and pitchforks. Torches and pitchforks. Serfdom for the little people, politburo excess for the Liberal Progressive royalty. Globalist ideology is destroying the fabric of western civilization through climate change schemes, refugee schemes, Islamic/sharia schemes, public sector union schemes. All of which are being used in a concerted effort to destroy the greatest societies ever built by mankind. Trudeau, Obama, Clinton, Merkle, Wynne, Notley, and their allies must be stopped before we reach the tipping point. Oh wait, we’ve already passed it. Hand over your paycheque while you still have one, wrap your daughter in a body tent, as you sit there in the dark and cold wondering what happened. All because you didn’t know what a pitchfork was and couldn’t figure out how to light a torch.
commented 2016-09-23 22:48:20 -0400
Peter Netterville got that right , they have no morals so they do not give a damn. And the media party has none either.
commented 2016-09-23 20:22:00 -0400
Come next Summer, Butts will likely be taking a trip to Saudi Arabia, the Gay Capital of the World. He will be going to visit Trudeau’s Brother, they like to keep it in the family. I wonder how much money the Canadian Tax Payer will be robbed, for this little trip.
commented 2016-09-23 20:01:08 -0400
So can I take $127,000 from the government with no records too? What’s the worst that could happen?
commented 2016-09-23 19:59:03 -0400
I doubt you’ve scratched the surface. Billions in foreign aid to secure prospective future kickbacks. Adscam anyone. A full investigation is warranted
commented 2016-09-23 19:56:26 -0400
Shaming someone only works when that person has a conscience.

Liberals / socialists have no conscience, no ethics, no morals.
commented 2016-09-23 19:25:05 -0400
All burglary should be prosecuted like this — steal all you want and when you finally get caught stealing something, refund a fraction of that value of that one thing. This policy would clean up our streets in ten seconds flat!
commented 2016-09-23 19:21:09 -0400
One thing that also needs to be considered. The $27K The Butt pays back will now become a moving expense for him when he files his income tax. An income expense 4-5 times the amount my son paid in moving from Vermilion to Kelowna to upgrade when he became a Non-Democratic Party casualty, yet he is taxed on his EI so The Butt can write it off. And who will be audited in 2017? Ain’t going to be The Butt, but it will be the unemployed.
commented 2016-09-23 18:48:45 -0400
I love how the media is trying to close this story with a Facebook apology from butts lol. It’s not over yet
commented 2016-09-23 18:37:29 -0400
But the thing is that they do not own cars, live in small apartments, only fly on business (and only in economy) and to further reduce their carbon footprint had workers carry their stuff from Toronto to Ottawa, which is a long walk. I know this because I am sure that they could not be Climate Change Hypocrites. Could they? http://heinzegroup.com/insight.htm#19
commented 2016-09-23 18:29:35 -0400
The Butts-Spud standup comedy team – both bottom feeding moochers who are so low they will run a con for chump change – their reputations are for sale pretty cheap, I bet Soros bought the whole tater tot cabinet for less than than he paid for BLM.
commented 2016-09-23 18:03:11 -0400
I went to Butts facebook page, but evidently you have to like it enough to be a ‘friend’ in order to comment.

I drove myself and hired a mover to move halfway across the country 11 years ago, and it cost me less than $5000. If I had been able to comment on its page, I’d have let it know what a blood sucking leech I consider it to be.
commented 2016-09-23 17:57:40 -0400
Sodom and Gomorrah throughout our government. May God turn it into a pillar of salt!
commented 2016-09-23 17:51:25 -0400
It is the Canadian media that is on trial here. The MUST go ballistic to make the media frenzie over this real incident of public graft EQUAL the one they took over Duffy, who had paid his expenses back at the time of the media furor.

CBC/CTV are on trial here
commented 2016-09-23 17:43:30 -0400
The deputy leader commented that unlike the previous government the liberals are going the extra mile and changing the rules. This is the only time someone had the sense of entitlement to actually charge back their realty fees. Amazing how much greed Butts has.
commented 2016-09-23 17:41:23 -0400
Ezra, with respect to your 5 questions at the end, No, No, No, Yes and Yes!
commented 2016-09-23 17:40:29 -0400
Just thieves and nothing more.

Time to fire them.

THAT will never happen.

Trash begets trash and the fag boy pm plus his henchmen prove the truth in the statement.
commented 2016-09-23 17:31:45 -0400
So indeed it’s a case of “Gerald Butts investigating Gerald Butts?”…. Just too funny considering the number of “Butt” jokes that conjures…