October 03, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Liberals hide Gerald Butts' expenses from Rebel's Access to Information request

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

Our experience at The Rebel in filing access to information requests puts the lie to the Liberal’s oft-repeated mantra of being the most transparent government Canada has ever seen.

Despite promises to do politics differently, we just keep getting more of the same and in some cases, we have even regressed to less transparency than we had in past years.

That doesn’t stop us from filing access to information requests though because it’s these requests that allow us to show you how secretive and opaque the Liberals are being.

In a recent request, we asked the government to "Provide copies of all expenses, including supporting documents such as receipts, submitted by or for Gerald Butts, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, since November 4, 2015"

The response?

"It has been determined that the information you requested may not be disclosed. The information has been withheld pursuant to section 19(1) personal information of the ATIA"

Watch as I show you why it looks like Gerald Butts is getting special treatment but also how this contrasts to his past statements as a harsh critic of Stephen Harper and the Conservatives not only in media appearances but on social media, particularly Twitter.

What is most puzzling and seems rather elitist of Gerald Butts is that other Liberal staff, even high level staff, are declaring their expenses.

So, what is he hiding?

It must be embarrassing for the PMO, and perhaps Butts himself, to have to go out of their way to obstruct a routine access to information request, especially when it has the appearance of a double standard reserved for the Prime Minister's best friend.

I've reached out to Gerald Butts by emailing him directly and also left a voicemail with the PMO asking why exactly his expenses are being withheld unlike other senior staffers.

I’ll keep you updated if he responds and as our appeal with the information commissioner plays out.

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commented 2017-10-05 13:24:44 -0400
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commented 2017-10-04 19:14:27 -0400
The fascists of the future will be called anti-fascists, welcome to Libtard land.
Trudeaumania 2.0 same as 1.0, same lack of transparency and deviousness.
commented 2017-10-04 10:16:27 -0400
Mark, sunni ways for Trudeau and the other Islamists in the Liberal caucus!
commented 2017-10-04 10:11:14 -0400
You mean G.SOROS is not paying BUTTS way.
commented 2017-10-04 09:18:23 -0400
More sunny ways right Jay .
commented 2017-10-04 01:55:37 -0400
Keep in mind that Butts was Dalton McGuinty’s chief of staff, and we all know how well that went.

I suspect that similar shenanigans are at work.
commented 2017-10-03 23:44:45 -0400
Sounds like the delete buttons are running hot and heavy here in Alberta as well. I said a while back that when Rachael bites the bullet next election, the truth will be revealed and the true magnitude as to what they have done would come out. Sadly they have already started to erase the evidence. I don’t think they can hide it all, but by breaking the law they will save some face.

The libs are the crowning jewel of corruption. Gerald Butts lives on green energy and has no expenses Don’t expect much in the way of honest figures
commented 2017-10-03 23:44:45 -0400
Sounds like the delete buttons are running hot and heavy here in Alberta as well. I said a while back that when Rachael bites the bullet next election, the truth will be revealed and the true magnitude as to what they have done would come out. Sadly they have already started to erase the evidence. I don’t think they can hide it all, but by breaking the law they will save some face.

The libs are the crowning jewel of corruption. Gerald Butts lives on green energy and has no expenses Don’t expect much in the way of honest figures
commented 2017-10-03 23:06:22 -0400
And the deception just keeps on coming. FOIA is an early warning system that allows time for paper-shredding parties.
commented 2017-10-03 20:40:54 -0400
So Transparent. Hey where is Jimmy to whine about Transparency?
commented 2017-10-03 19:57:19 -0400
Justythefagboy is the reason buttboy is spending so much money – buttboy likes the “semi-crminal” lifestyle of the rich and evil.
commented 2017-10-03 19:42:41 -0400
I changed the wording in your headline a bit

LIBERALS HIDE GERALD’S BUTt

The CRIMEMINISTERS face is like a big sore thumb , his real persona is beginning to stick out
commented 2017-10-03 19:41:06 -0400
METTE REED said, “Is it just me or is Trudeau’s nose getting bigger?”
I fell off my chair laughing after I read your comment Mette. I have frequently called the idiot “Penis Nose” because his nose looks like a Penis – so your comment killed me when I read it, I pictured Justy looking at Butts and his nose getting bigger.
Man I got light headed laughing so hard.
commented 2017-10-03 19:16:24 -0400
Baby Doc hides his dirty Butts. But can’t hide the stink.
commented 2017-10-03 19:13:09 -0400
Butts and his BFF are concealing a real doozy from Canadians. They both like to hashtag the “open and transparent” BS; or Trudeau will claim this repeatedly in Parliament without actually acting on it. Blah Blah Blah peppered with ummm aahhhh uuummm ahhhh blah blah blah!
commented 2017-10-03 19:09:08 -0400
A lot of Latino’s have very large noses, Fidel had an enormous nose , it seems that it get larger with each lie !
commented 2017-10-03 19:08:10 -0400
What a bunch of thugs. Glad that you’re on this, Christopher.
commented 2017-10-03 19:07:21 -0400
The most open and most transparent part of Butts’ regime is the part that sits between Littlepotato’s ears.
commented 2017-10-03 19:01:57 -0400
Is it just me or is Trudeau’s nose getting bigger?
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