200,000 Canadians sign petition to end expenses for former governors general

Author: Aaron Wudrick 2021/03/04


OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation today delivered a petition signed by more than 200,000 Canadians calling on the Trudeau government to put an end to a decades-old policy that allows former governors general to bill taxpayers for their expenses.

“When your leave your job, you shouldn’t get to keep your expense account – especially when it leaves taxpayers on the hook for up to $206,000 per year, for life,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick. “Canadians are outraged that this policy is in place and they want it changed. The prime minister has dragged his feet on this issue for years. It’s time for action.”

Recent public opinion surveys confirm that Canadians overwhelmingly oppose the overly generous compensation for retired governors general, with 87 per cent saying current compensation and benefits are too generous, and 72 per cent saying post-retirement expense accounts should be entirely cut off.

Former governor general Adrienne Clarkson has billed taxpayers more than $1.1 million in expenses since leaving office in 2005, while former governor general Julie Payette, who resigned her post in January following reports of workplace harassment at Rideau Hall, remains eligible for all taxpayer-funded perks available to retired vice-regals.

A copy of the petition can be found at: https://www.taxpayer.com/petitions/cut-off-expenses-when-a-governor-general-leaves-office

A Note for our Readers:

As you may know, we're working hard to stop Prime Minister Trudeau's attempt to add a 2nd carbon tax upon Canadian taxpayers. If you are against this tax, would you take a moment today to read and consider signing the petition below?

When you do, your name will be added to the growing list of tens of thousands across our country who want to tell the government that we are opposed to these new taxes. Please take a moment to read the petition below and consider signing it today.

To Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

The federal government is introducing new fuel standard regulations to require industry to reduce the carbon content of fossil fuels. If industry can’t meet the standard, they’ll have to pay Trudeau's second carbon tax. This tax will ultimately hit already struggling families and businesses.

It’s bad enough that taxpayers are already paying for one carbon tax. Canadians certainly can’t afford a second carbon tax.

We, the undersigned, call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to scrap plans for a second carbon tax.

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