September 26, 2016

Now more Liberal staffers say they'll repay expenses — but media, police don’t care

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

As I told you last week, Justin Trudeau’s two most senior aides, Gerald Butts and Katie Telford, billed taxpayers more than $200,000 to move from Toronto to Ottawa.

Thousands of people relocated for work with the federal government after the last election, but not a single person billed as much as Gerald Butts did.

Or so we thought.

Then, on a Friday afternoon, we learned that Dion’s chief of staff, and that of Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, are giving back money, too.

It’s not a coincidence that suddenly four senior political staff, all at once, billed around six figures to move down the road — it’s a culture, and it starts with Justin Trudeau himself.

The mainstream media has quit this story. They can’t stay mad at the Liberals.

Sure, they’ll demand a Conservative cabinet minister, Bev Oda, be fired for a $16 dollar orange juice; they’ll demand a half-year trial of Mike Duffy. But $127,000 to move down the highway? All is forgiven!

But here at The Rebel, we’re not done:

We want Butts to pay back everything except the moving costs and his own ticket. We’re going to continue with our campaign.

We’ve secured a company to drive around Ottawa with a mobile billboard, demanding Butts repay that taxpayer money.

If you haven’t signed our petition yet, please visit (And if you want to help us with our billboard, which will cost about $3,000, you can chip in there, too.)

NEXT: More on this topic with Aaron Wudrick of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

THEN: Sun columnist Lorrie Goldstein, who explains why the Liberal and NDP carbon pricing schemes won’t work.

(He says he’s got a plan that would actually work, but neither party is interested…)

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2016-09-28 20:53:48 -0400
this is an outrage liberals gathering in Morocco a country where homosexuality is a crime and where they live in fear of their lives; disgusting. Not surprising liberals are raping the taxpayer what Butts did is criminal he should be jail. Where are the conservatives demanding an investigation, idiots.
commented 2016-09-27 16:10:58 -0400
Peter Netterville,
I think that if you check moving expense claims for military and civil service personnel you’ll find that they are reimbursed for ALL their real estate expenses, whatever the amount, whatever their rank.
commented 2016-09-27 13:29:20 -0400
- A banana republic is just what the Liberals & their pals are trying to turn Canada into. They only went after Mike Duffy until the election was over – then they couldn’t have cared less. With the Liberals it’s all about getting power at any cost & holding power at any cost.

- Is it time for the global climate scam party again? Soon, political hacks from around the world will jet in for their vacation / party & lecture the little people about carbon levels.
commented 2016-09-27 12:04:46 -0400
For Butts, its not an alternative route to Ottawa, its an alternative economy for him.
commented 2016-09-27 11:12:06 -0400
“China as a developing nation.” At what point does China become a developed nation? Their economy is second only to the US. Their military is quickly rivaling developed countries. Their CO2 emissions are the largest. Heck, much of our high tech gadgets come from China!
commented 2016-09-27 10:04:04 -0400
It will be interesting to see the bills. Perhaps he had to pay a motorcade to escort his caravan is it looked for alternative ways to think of traveling through space and time.
commented 2016-09-27 09:54:25 -0400
Who knew moving could be profitable?
commented 2016-09-27 07:54:20 -0400
Yes – the greatest financial raping of Canadians has commenced and a single website/blog is carrying the defense of the country’s taxpayers.

And stupid Canadian voters chose these liberals financial rapists.

Canada is a fucking joke. Lots of retarded rules with optional/no enforcement.
commented 2016-09-27 02:52:04 -0400
Looking forward to the reports from Morocco!
commented 2016-09-27 01:19:42 -0400
Another thing the idiots like Jay and his troll buddies fail to admit is that the conservatives created the senate oversight body, there wasn’t one under the libs of course.
commented 2016-09-27 01:03:27 -0400
When in trouble politicians know the get out of jail free card is pulling the Duff. The rules weren’t clear so I thought I would take advantage of the confusion. Gross negligence of the rules but not so gross as failing to ask for a clarification before driving full steam ahead wasting the tax payers hard earned money.
commented 2016-09-27 00:45:02 -0400
Jay Kelly..What are you talking about?..If the ministers are so accountable, why did they only fess up after The Rebel started reporting on it, followed by a few more lamestream media. Duffy’s $90K was also repaid, but that didn’t satisfy the Harper haters who continued to vilify PM Harper & Duffy until the judge put an end to the lynch mob they had become.
Your other moronic statement is telling us that under the conservative gov’t, they were sneaking in additional expenses to bilk us the taxpayer. Jay, you’re all mixed up & confused, it’s your Liberals who are guilty of pulling that BS on us. Try to keep your stories straight at least, if you’re going to continue to spew on this site.
commented 2016-09-27 00:31:18 -0400
They were caught doing the same light fingered expense-padding reflex that the Liberals running AdScam did -

Trudeau’s pretense of ethical superiority is a farce and his credibility in flames less than a year after promising fiduciary transparency he has betrayed our trust.

If this was a bank you dealt with you’d sue and change banks.
commented 2016-09-27 00:08:48 -0400
Cabinet ministers sign off on their employees expenses. Do not deflect.
commented 2016-09-26 23:53:23 -0400
Chris McGauley should know that the expenses of Federal Cabinet Ministers are paid by tax payers. Cabinet ministers should be accountable.

The days of ministers spending freely with no accountability are over.
commented 2016-09-26 23:43:00 -0400
Oh Jay,
Sorry little life you lead. Posting crap to see how many people’s blood pressure you can elevate.
Such an easy read you are.
Just for shits and giggles, put out some of your welfare money, get a full listing of the expenses for the 300 plus JT brought to the last climate conference.
Any $18 orange juice there?
You’re a funny little boy.
commented 2016-09-26 23:15:25 -0400
Media and police do not care because the offenders have fessed up.

Sliding in a little “moving expense” under the Conservatives was seen as normal. Under Trudeau’s Liberals it is seen as an offence. Several in Trudeau’s cabinet have apparently been called to account, and they have paid up.

It is certainly a different environment from the previous regime, under the Conservatives, where additional expenses were seen as an opportunity to bilk the ignorant taxpayer.
commented 2016-09-26 22:56:22 -0400
It is a matter of nepotism.
Was, is Gerald Butts a qualified candidate for the position he holds?
He is Trubama’s BFF. That does not qualify him for the position he is holding.
No wonder why he feels he is entitled.
commented 2016-09-26 22:22:45 -0400
Liberals will be lieberals.
Liberals will be thieves.

This is how they have always been and this is how they will be forever.

As bad as that is, it is the main stream media that are the worst because they break their oath to report unbiased news that would hold the thieves to account.

It is the main stream media that is treasonous to their profession and treasonous to Canadians by being Lieberal stenographers.
commented 2016-09-26 22:17:38 -0400
Jack Riley, I think the issue is the amount that is expensed, not whether expensing the move itself is valid. Everyone and their dog know that expensing a move is standard practice.
commented 2016-09-26 21:37:03 -0400
The Liberals can do anything they damn well please ,and even the cop could care less.So what do you think of Canadian society and rule of law? It shows the world our Liberals are very corrupt and so are the police.As in a banana republic their in the liberals pocket.
commented 2016-09-26 21:26:38 -0400
No Problem it is liberals they can do anything.
commented 2016-09-26 21:11:45 -0400
Good show tonight EZRA
I’m chipping in a few more bucks this month to help with the Morocco assignment
commented 2016-09-26 21:11:27 -0400
Ezra, Sorry, but moving expense claims like these are not “corporate culture”, so much as they are government policy, for all government employees. When I was in the military, towards the end of my career, similar policies were in place. Everyone, from Private through General has them paid when ordered to move. They are legitimate expenses, and to order an employee to move across the country and not cover such expenses would be grossly unfair. In all my moves I would say that, on average, I lost a fair amount pf money. So let’s hope that in all the foo-farah over these Liberal pukes’ expenses we don’t inadvertently screw the troops.

Now, having said that, what gets me about this situation is the HYPOCRISY. The Liberals and their Media Party backers gleefully went after Conservatives for similar “outrages”; and now the Liberals are getting a taste of Karma, minus, as you correctly note, the Media Party’s saturation negative coverage. Whatever pain the Libranos are feeling in their wallets and in the press, they’ve earned.

About the expenses Butts, et al are paying back – it’s chicken feed. They’ll recover that X10 in their pay raises in the next year or so.
commented 2016-09-26 21:03:29 -0400
It is so frustrating that the main stream media is so dishonest.

Will it always be thus?
commented 2016-09-26 20:55:10 -0400
Iwonder if they’ve heard the parable the rich man ignored poor Lazarus. Lazarus had a name but the rich man didn’t. After death,he pleaded to let him go back and warn his 5 brothers but even if someone came back to life they still wouldn’t believe. Did I hear you right? You’re not sending Sheila to Morocco. Send Lawton or Lilly . I had stress with Lauren in Calais. It’s all shit anyway. Fight here, help them there.
commented 2016-09-26 20:24:15 -0400
The sum of all this expense padding is at least 20 times what Duffy was crucified over – but all we hear are crickets chirping in the MSM press gallery – maybe Mac is picking up their bar tabs for them.
commented 2016-09-26 20:05:28 -0400
d media are the enemy of the people – they have ben bought off.

Poor old Bev lost her job over a glass of orange juice.

This trough is going to get real empty before the LIEberals leave office